Homeland Security Says Border Agents Aren’t Trained Well On Use of Force


A 16-year-old boy shot 10 times in the back through the border fence in Nogales, Az. A man, facedown with his hands behind his back, beaten and Tasered five times until he died, surrounded by a dozen officers at a border crossing. A Border Patrol agent shot to death by two other agents after he allegedly opened fire unprovoked at night. The Arizona Republic says several controversial killings by Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers galvanized public attention on allegations of excessive use of force

Many border agents and customs officers don't understand their agencies' rules on when they are supposed to use force, says a report this week by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General. The office also said the border-protection agency doesn't train new agents and officers on all less-than-lethal options and doesn't provide enough training on high-risk situations such as dealing with assaults by people driving vehicles or throwing rocks. The American Civil Liberties Union called the report “disappointingly narrow.”

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