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CBP Use of Force Case Summaries

CBP continues to implement significant policy, procedural and programmatic initiatives that ensure the safety of CBP personnel while striving to earn the public trust. To that end, CBP established U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s National Use of Force Review Board (NUFRB) in December 2014 as part of the many initiatives adopted by CBP to increase accountability and transparency. The NUFRB is a committee of senior leaders from CBP, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement assigned to review use of force incidents resulting in serious physical injury or death, or any incident involving the discharge of a firearm in a non-training setting. The board reviews cases that have completed the investigative process and have been declined for prosecution by either a U.S. Attorney, state or local prosecutor. The board considers the following: Whether use of force is within policy; Whether there is possible misconduct associated with the application of force; and Whether lessons can be learned from the incident in terms of techniques, tactics, policy, training and equipment. Following senior agency leadership concurrence or non-concurrence with the NUFRB’s conclusions, the Commissioner makes the final determination regarding whether the use of force was within policy. Below are summaries of use of force cases that have completed CBP’s internal review process as well as the conclusions of the NUFRB’s review of those cases.
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In the early morning hours of February 12, 2018, a Supervisory CBP Officer (SCBPO) was awoken in her home by the sound of an intruder. The intruder gained entry into the SCBPO’s residence by breaking the glass in a…

On the morning of Nov. 29, 2017, two Border Patrol Agents from the Three Points Border Patrol Station encountered a group of people suspected of crossing the border illegally on the Tohono O’Odham Nation Reservation in…

On June 17, 2017, four Border Patrol Agents from the Calexico Border Patrol Station were attempting to apprehend two subjects near the International Border Fence in Calexico, California.

The subjects had crossed…

On the afternoon of May 17, 2017, Border Patrol Agents from the Willcox Border Patrol Station were assigned to the Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 80, near Tombstone, Arizona. At the time of the incident, the…

On April 12, 2017, during the pre-dawn hours, three Border Patrol Agents from the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station were tracking a group of three individuals in the Huachuca Mountains near Sierra Vista, Arizona that…

On March 20, 2017, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (Minnesota) received a 911 call from a rural U.S. mail carrier. The mail carrier reported that his vehicle had been shot at as he passed by a residence near Warren,…

In the early morning hours of Jan. 14, 2017, a CBP officer was off-duty and heading home in his personally-owned vehicle when he observed an SUV driving erratically in Davison, Michigan. The officer contacted 911 and…

On Dec. 16, 2016, an agent manning a Border Patrol camera at the Douglas Border Patrol Station observed two subjects climb over the international border fence into the U.S. The agent relayed that information to field…

On Nov. 28, 2016, two Border Patrol Agents from the Detroit Border Patrol Station were assisting the Detroit Police Department in responding to an incident with barricaded gunmen. Per a request from the police department…

On Sept. 26, 2016, Border Patrol cameras spotted a group of approximately eight unidentified subjects wading across the Rio Grande from Mexico to Laredo, Texas. The area was well-known for both narcotics and noncitizen…