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Tag: Border Patrol

Man Convinces Jury He Was Drunk, Not Intent on Assaulting Border Patrol Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Shawn Miguel acknowledged he hit a parked Border Patrol truck with his mom’s pickup truck, narrowly missing an agent.

But the 36-year-old’s attorney was able to convince a jury that his client struck the Border Patrol truck because he was drunk, not because he was trying to assault an agent, the Arizona Republic reports. 

Miguel was facing 20 years in prison for assault.

After Miguel struck the agent’s truck, the agent fired his weapon at Miguel, striking him in the face and injuring a passenger.

Miguel and his passenger have filed a civil suit.

Prosecutor: Border Patrol Agent Justified in Fatal Shooting

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Border Patrol agent was justified when he fatally shot a 20-year-old Canadian who crossed the border illegally in March and sprayed the agent with bear spray, the Associated Press reports. 

Whatcom County Prosecutor Dave McEachran said the agent did everything he could to avoid a fatal encounter with Jamison Edward Childress, retreating and warning the man that he would be shot if he deployed the beer spray.

Canadian police were looking for the man from Prince George, British Columbia, because he was wanted on murder charges.

When confronted at a border near Sumas, Washington, he reportedly screamed, “Kill me!” at officers.

A responding agent retreated but had run out of places to go, according to the report.

“The officer was sprayed before he fired,” McEachran said. “The officers could see this huge cloud sprayed. It was coming right at his face, he shot his gun at that point, then was overcome by the spray.”

Two shots were fired. One bullet was recovered in the autopsy.

Border Patrol Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Spying on Women in Restroom in California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol supervisor accused of placing a hidden camera in the flood drain of a women’s bathroom pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of making a false statement to a federal officer and seven counts of video voyeurism.

Armando Gonzalez also admitted he lied when asked by superiors why he had placed a camera in the restroom in San Ysidro, Calif.,  saying at the time that he was conducting a drug investigation.

Gonzalez captured video of the women’s private parts between July 2013 and April 2014.

Gonzalez kept the videos at work and destroyed evidence that he had at home.

“These crimes are an assault on the dignity of victims who are left to feel violated, powerless, anxious and unsafe,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “It will always be a priority to protect our federal employees and the public from such despicable invasions of privacy.”

“The conduct in this case involves a violation of trust and common decency committed against the victims in this case,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Eric S. Birnbaum. “We believe that today’s plea is the first step in bringing justice and a sense of closure to the victims in this case.”

Help Wanted: Border Patrol to Hire 1,600 New Agents Nationwide

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government wants to hire about 1,600 Border Patrol agents by Sept. 30 to fill vacancies across the country.

Applications will be accepted at USAJobs until May 31.

There are currently about 20,000 agents assigned across 6,000 miles of border land.

Applicants must be under the age of 37 and be U.S. citizens. Drug tests and fitness exams also are included.

A Border Patrol agent starts out at about $39,000 and is capable of making more than $70,000 with promotions.

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Border Patrol Supervisor Arrested for Allegedly Stealing $108K in Benefits

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Another Border Patrol supervisor is in hot water.

This time James Doran, 54, who is the supervisor of the Border Patrol’s Laredo office, is expected to be charged today for allegedly collecting more than $108,000 in Social Security benefits to which he was not entitled, the Laredo Morning Times reports. 

An indictment was unsealed, revealing the case against Doran, who could faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

The investigation was handled by the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General and the Bureau of Vital Statistics Fraud Unit.

New Chief Border Patrol Agent for Yuma Sector Is ‘Humbled and Honored’

Anthony J. Porvaznik

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

When Anthony J. Porvaznik was deployed to Bolivia in 1992 to crack down on raw materials being sold for drugs, he said he learned an important less of being a part of Border Patrol.

“That experience taught me to emphasize the safety and value of the officers serving,” Porvaznik told the Yuma Sun. 

Porvaznik plans to use that experience as the new chief patrol agent for the Yuma Sector.

“It’s great the level of experience and dedication that the agents have to the mission,” he said. “Yuma and its communities are very supportive of the work that Border Patrol does.”

Porvaznik said he’s excited and grateful about the new job.

“I am very humbled and honored to have been offered this job,” he said. “Yuma Sector is a great place to start off as a chief.”

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Video: Border Patrol Agent Tases Woman Who Was Asserting Her Rights

One of the Border Patrol agents at the scene.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jess Cooke is a criminal justice major with a dream of becoming a Border Patrol agent.

But the 21-year-old may reconsider that decision after she was tackled, tased and handcuffed during an argument over her rights with a Border Patrol agent at an immigration checkpoint in New York.

Agents sad Cooke “appeared nervous” and told her to get into the secondary checkpoint at Waddington near the border of Canada, where she was told to wait for a K-9 unit to check her car, even though drugs were not suspected and were never found, she said.

While along the side of the road, Cooke demanded to know why she was being detained and said that she would not wait long for a canine unit. When she refused to move, the Border Patrol agent can be heard tasing the woman, who screamed.

“What is wrong with you?!”

The Border Patrol is investigating.

Alarming ‘Spike’ in Sexual Assaults by Border Patrol Agents Is Reported

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alarming spike in sexual abuse by CBP agents has been recorded, and officials are scurrying to find out why, the Daily Mail reports. 

The agency’s former head of internal affairs, James Tomsheck, who handled sexual assault investigations, said there was a “spike” of more than 35 cases involving agents between 2012 and 2014.

Tomsheck believes the increase was caused by the lack of a polygraph tests administered to nearly 15,000 new recruits between 2006 and 2012.

“A problem that I believed was a significant and serious problem was perhaps even worse than I thought it was,” Tomsheck said. “I believe they were persons who had likely offended before but their acts have gone undetected.”

In one case, a Border Patrol agent is accused of brutally raping an undocumented immigrant and her two daughters near the border fence before killing himself.