ATLANTA – A passenger was arrested and charged with assaulting a U.S Customs and Border Protection officer at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
CBP arrested Jemel Broussard Harris, 38, a U.S. citizen from Newnan, Ga., for assault on a federal officer. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is prosecuting Harris.
Harris arrived from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, just after 6 p.m. on November 15. Harris became verbally abusive toward CBP officers during a routine secondary examination, and then threw an item from his baggage and nearly struck an officer. When a CBP officer approached, Harris assaulted the officer by striking him in the head with his fists. Several CBP officers quickly responded and placed him under arrest.
“This assault illustrates the inherent danger that law enforcement officers face every day while helping to keep our communities safe,” said Stephen Kremer, CBP Port Director for the Port of Atlanta. “The safety and security of our officers and the traveling public remains of paramount concern for Customs and Border Protection.”
The Atlanta Fire Department emergency medical services treated the CBP officer, who suffered a minor injury and returned to duty.
CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items.
View more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.