The American Civil Liberties Union has sued over an incident of alleged physical and verbal abuse by a federal border agent of a U.S. citizen after she questioned why her purse was being searched, the Texas Tribune reports. The ACLU alleges that the agent threw the woman to the ground, verbally threatened her and applied handcuffs with such force that the fire department had to be called in to remove them. The woman never faced charges.
ACLU lawyer Adriana Piñon said the incident “is illustrative of what happens not only in Texas but across the southern border,” An Inspector General’s report last month said that a majority of the alleged excessive force cases investigated showed some possible violations. Between fiscal years 2007 and 2012, 63 percent of the 1,187 records examined showed “possible excessive force,” while 26 percent were inconclusive. About 11 percent of the cases reviewed showed no excessive force.