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Case Summary

June 17, 2021 - Use of Force Incident Near Ajo, Arizona

In the early evening of June 17, 2021, U. S. Border Patrol (USBP) tower cameras observed a vehicle picking up two subjects on the side of the road just north of the international border near Lukeville, Arizona.  The driver then drove the vehicle north on Arizona State Route 85 at a high rate of speed to avoid USBP agents in the area. 

May 5, 2020 - Use of Force Incident in Maricopa, Arizona

On his way home from work on May 5, 2020, an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent was alerted by local police that they had been searching for an armed suspect in his neighborhood earlier that day.  Later that evening the agent was at his residence when a neighbor knocked on his front door.  The neighbor said that he had seen the suspect in his backyard and believed that the suspect was heading toward the agent’s backyard.

Sept. 8, 2018 - Use of Force Incident Near Arivaca, Arizona

On the morning of Sept. 8, 2018, two U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered two suspected undocumented non-citizens near Arivaca, Arizona.  The agents attempted to arrest the subjects and a physical struggle ensued.

During the course of the physical struggle, one agent ended up on his back, with a subject on top of him, punching him in the head.  The agent attempted to punch back but, because of his positioning, the strikes were ineffective.

Aug. 16, 2018 - Use of Force Incident Near Fallbrook, California

On Aug. 16, 2018, at approximately 5:25 a.m., a U.S. Border Patrol agent stopped to render assistance to three San Diego Sheriff's Department (SDSD) Deputies, who were struggling to control and arrest a male subject on the side of Highway 76 near Fallbrook, California.

The subject was struggling violently with the deputies.  As the agent arrived on scene, the subject was face down on the ground, with his hands clenched under his body, kicking and screaming. 

Sept. 7, 2017 - Use of Force Incident Near Garceno, Texas

On Sept.7, 2017, a U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agent from the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station attempted to stop a vehicle suspected of smuggling narcotics near Garceno, Texas.  The driver failed to yield, and eventually turned onto a narrow, one-lane county road and accelerated southbound toward the Rio Grande River.

April 9, 2017 - Use of Force Incident in El Paso, Texas

On April 9, 2017, at approximately 6:12 p.m., a vehicle entered the primary inspection area of the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) checkpoint on Interstate 25.  As the vehicle approached the primary inspection booth, the checkpoint’s license plate reader indicated that the vehicle may be associated with a report of a missing person. 

Feb. 3, 2017 - Use of Force Incident Near Los Indios, Texas

On the morning of Feb. 3, 2017, after receiving a concerned citizen call regarding suspicious activity, U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to stop a van near Los Indios, Texas.  The driver failed to yield and instead fled back toward the Rio Grande River.  When he got to the riverbank, the driver and the other occupant of the van exited the vehicle and swam across the river to Mexico.

Shortly after, as the responding agents attempted to inspect the van, unknown subject(s) began discharging firearm(s) at the agents from across the river in Mexico.

Sept. 7, 2016 - Use of Force Incident Near Edinburg, Texas

On Sept. 7 2016, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector Field Intelligence Team (FIT) had been advised that a principal participant in a violent Michoacan, Mexico-based smuggling organization had been observed in the area and would likely be involved in smuggling activity that day. 

July 15, 2016 - Use of Force Incident in Laredo, Texas

In the early morning hours of July 15, 2016, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) cameras spotted a group of suspected undocumented non-citizens who had waded across the Rio Grande River in Laredo, Texas.  Agents from the Laredo South Border Patrol Station responded to the area.