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Use of force by BP agents declines, assaults on them drop

Even as the use of force by Border Patrol agents and customs officers falls under increasing scrutiny, the number of use-of-force incidents, and the number of assaults against agents have decreased since 2011. ... Read more»

Mother of man killed by Border Patrol files lawsuit

Arguing that the May 2014 shooting of José Luis Arambula, a Tucson-area resident and U.S. citizen, was an unnecessary use of deadly force, lawyers representing Elisa Beckel filed suit against the federal government.... Read more»

BP to pay $500k to Mexican man shot in the back

Jesus Castro Romo, a Mexican national who was shot in the back by Abel Canales, a Border Patrol agent during an incident in 2010, will be paid nearly half a million dollars because of his lingering injuries, a federal judge ruled.... Read more»

Family of Mexican boy slain in cross-border BP shooting files suit

The family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodiguez, the Mexican teen killed in Nogales Sonora, by U.S. Border Patrol agents when they fired through the fence into Mexico in 2012, filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday. "I'm asking the people who killed my grandson to have the courage to show their faces," the 16-year-old's grandmother said.... Read more»

Border Patrol releases report critical of agency's use of force

The focus of lawsuits and public pressure, a report highly critical of the use of force by U.S. Border Patrol agents was released Friday on the agency's own website. "In some cases," the report noted "agents put themselves in harm’s way by remaining in close proximity to the rock throwers when moving out of range was a reasonable option." ... Read more»1