Report makes recommendations to Border Patrol about use of force

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A recently released report on the use of force by BorderPatrol agents recommends several changes to the agency's operations.

The Police Executive Research Forum found two areas needingsignificant changes: agents shooting at vehicles when people inside the vehicleare not using deadly force against them and agents using deadly force againstpeople throwing rocks at them, specifically from the other side of the borderwall.

The report, commissioned by U.S. Customs and BorderProtection, recommends officers deescalate situations when the latter is occurring.Instead of firing on people suspected of throwing rocks, the agents arerecommended to remove themselves from the situation or seek shelter.

Richard Boren, with Border Patrol Victims Network, saidFriday afternoon that the recommendations brought to mind the shooting of16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. Agents shot and killed the boy, whowas on the other side of the wall.

"This is definitely a step forward, but at this point there'snothing binding," said Boren. "Recommendations that don't have any teeth behindthem are pretty much meaningless."

Boren said there's no guarantee that the agency will adoptthe recommendations or hold individual agents accountable for their actions. Hesaid body cameras could be a remedy to the situation.

"Unfortunately the report does not include that in therecommendations," he said.

Questions to Border Patrol about the report were directed tothe agency's office in Washington D.C. No comment has been returned at the timeof this post.

The full report can be read here.

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