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Tag: Border Patrol

Border Patrol Agent Indicted on 19 Counts Related to Hidden Camera in Station Bathroom

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol supervisor accused of hiding a camera in the women’s bathroom at an agency station in California was indicted Thursday on 19 counts.

The indictment alleges that Armando Gonzalez, 46, “with intent, did capture an image of a private area of an individual without their consent … and knowingly did so under circumstances in which the individual had a reasonable expectation of privacy,” from July 19, 2013, until Jan. 9 at the Chula Vista station, the U-T San Diego reports.

Gonzalez was arrested earlier this month and pleaded not guilty to related charges.

The motion-activated camera was found Jan. 9, and Gonzalez claimed he installed it because he suspected an employee was using illegal drugs.

The indictment states otherwise: “No such drug investigation was ongoing.”

Video Shows Car Erupt in Flames After Border Patrol Agent Shoots Taser

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A newly released video shows a car exploding moments after a Border Patrol agent shoots a Taser at the driver in California, NBC San Diego reports. 

The driver, Alex Martin, died after the car erupted in flames.

His family claims in a federal lawsuit that the Taser caused the explosion.

His attorney said Martin was lost and traveling on the wrong side of a highway when Border Patrol agents in unmarked cars tried to stop him.

“These agents approached in unmarked cars, in plain clothes and never identified themselves by the display of badges or even the simple statement ‘Border Patrol,’” the attorney said.

Gabriel Pacheco, a lead Border Patrol union representative, said the agents followed procedures and would not have taken such drastic measures if the driver just stopped.

Suspect Fatally Shot by Border Patrol Agent Wanted for Murder in Washington

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The man shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent last week was wanted for murder, KMVT.com reports. 

Investigators said a man was crossing the border illegally in Sumas in Washington when the shooting occurred.

“The subject refused the agents commands then assaulted one of the agents with an unknown incapacitating spray,” said Dan M. Harris Jr., chief Border Patrol agent for the Blaine sector.

Turns out, the suspect, 20-year-old Jamison Childress, was wanted for murder outside Whatcom County, where the shooting happened.

 

 

Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shot ‘Illegal Border Crosser;’ Investigation Under way

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An investigation is underway after a Border Patrol agent fatally shot a suspected “illegal border crosser” Thursday while on patrol near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington State,  CNN reports.

CBP said the agent, whose identity has not been released, fired his weapon after he was assaulted by the suspect.

“The agent had been hit by pepper spray but wasn’t seriously injured, according to police radio traffic,” The Bellingham Herald wrote.

The shooting occurred between Sumas, Washington, and Abbotsford, British Columbia near the Huntington Border Crossing.

Video Shows Border Patrol Agent’s Questionable Handling of Motorist

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A video has surfaced showing a Border Patrol agent potentially mishandling a driver who refused to say where he was going and declined a search.

“What is your reasonable suspicion?” asked Rick Herbert, who was in the car with his 4-year-old son.

The agent grabbed Herbet by the arm.

“Hey, dude, stop, I got to unbuckle my seatbelt first,” Herbert told him. “You’re being recorded, just so you know.”

Herbert was shoved against the window of the back seat, handcuffing him in front of his child.

Do you think the agent crossed the line?

Border Patrol Agent Accuses Homeland Security of Manipulating Statistics

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent told a Senate committee Tuesday that Homeland Security is fudging border statistics to make the border seem safer than it actually is, The Business Insider reports.

“I want to be crystal clear – the border is not secure,” said border agent Chris Cabrera in prepared testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday.

“That is not just my opinion or the position of the NBPC,” he said, speaking on behalf of the National Border Patrol Council. “Ask any line agent in the field and he or she will tell you that at best we apprehend 35 to 40 percent of the illegal immigrants attempting to cross. This number is even lower for drug smugglers who are much more adept at eluding capture.”

Cabrera said the number of footprints from immigrants, for example, are severely undercounted and that supervisors create incentives for agents to lie.

“Agents who repeatedly report groups larger than 20 face retribution,” he said. “Management will either take them out of the field and assign them to processing detainees at the station or assign them to a fixed position in low volume areas as punishment.”

“Needless to say agents got the message and now stay below this 20 person threshold no matter the actual size of the group,” he added.

Border Patrol Tries New Approach, Trading Gun And Cuffs for Coat and Tie

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Mexican immigrants think of the Border Patrol, they often think of agents in green uniform with a gun, handcuffs and a baton.

Intimidating figures.

Now the agency is taking a more humanitarian approach and is urging immigrants to dissuade others from crossing the border because it is more dangerous and difficult than before, Arizona Public Media Media reports.

Agents recently met with about 200 Mexican citizens at the Mexican consulate in Phoenix, wearing a coat and tie and speaking in Spanish.

“Normally, we would probably be wearing rough duty green pants, rough duty long-sleeve shirt and then of course the full gun belt with the gun and cuffs and collapsible baton,” Agent George Trevińo said at the meeting.

Border Patrol Agents May Lose $10M in Overtime As Part of Overhaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are going to have a harder time getting overtime under a proposal to overhaul the system after a whistleblower exposed abuse, FOX10 News reports.

The overhaul of the overtime system is expected to save about $100 million.

The agents aren’t happy about the new system, though, because many feel like they will still work more than they get paid for,” Fox10 wrote.

In the meantime, the Border Patrol Council is lobbying for raises.