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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 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 May 24, 2014, the San Diego Police Department notified CBP authorities at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry (POE) that a pick-up truck driven by a suspected carjacker was being pursued in the direction of the POE at speeds...
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...
On May 28, 2010, in San Diego County, U.S. Border Patrol Agents (BPA) arrested a 42-year-old Mexican national for illegally entering the United States.  At the Border Patrol station during processing, the subject became...

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