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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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On Feb. 18, 2015, two United States Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to the Carrizo Springs Border Patrol Station were on patrol near Carrizo Springs, TX and observed two male subjects whom they believed to be...
On December 24, 2014, at 3:04 p.m. local time, a male subject approached a CBP officer at a pedestrian primary inspection booth at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Ysidro, California.The subject applied for entry into the...
On Oct. 2, 2014, at approximately 10 a.m., local time, Border Patrol agents assigned to Rio Grande City, Texas, Border Patrol station were patrolling the Rio Grande River in three Customs and Border Protection vessels near...
On July 22, 2014, the Edinburg, Texas Police Department (EPD), in concert with numerous other law enforcement agencies, located Joaquin Tomas Cibrian, a known violent felon wanted for capital murder by the EPD, at a private...
On the afternoon of May 30, 2014, two U.S. Border Patrol agents (BPAs) assigned to Nogales Sector were riding together in a service vehicle when they responded to reports of activity southwest of Green Valley, Arizona. Upon...
On the night of Jan. 16, 2014, a United States Supervisory Border Patrol Agent (SBPA) assigned to the Douglas Border Patrol Station in Douglas, AZ was on patrol in a remote desert area.  The SBPA observed a subject...
On Dec. 2, 2012 a Border Patrol agent assigned to Tucson Sector was working alone in the Baboquivari Mountains in Southern Arizona – approximately 13 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border – when he came across...
“The lack of publicly available information regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie, gave rise to many misinformed theories, inaccurate accounts, and misinformation such...
On the morning of July 7, 2012, two Border Patrol agents assigned to the Fort Brown Border Patrol Station in Brownsville, Texas were each in separate marked government vehicles on patrol along the levee approximately one-...
On May 5, 2012, at approximately 6:05 a.m. local time, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Nogales Station were chasing multiple groups of individuals suspected of crossing the border illegally on foot near the Atascosa...

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