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Border Patrol Slapped with Sanction After Destroying Evidence in Lawsuit

courtroom [1]By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol was slapped with sanctions for destroying evidence that was part of an ongoing civil lawsuit.

American AlJazeera reports [2] that Judge David C. Bury issued the sanctions Monday in a case involving three immigrants who allege Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector routinely held immigrants in inhumane conditions.

“The Court concludes the destruction of the video-tape recordings made prior to this Court’s August 14, 2015, Order was, at best, negligent and was certainly willful. Defendants provide no explanation why, in response to Plaintiffs’ notifications regarding litigation, the Defendants did not undertake the efforts initiated in response to the Court’s August 14 Order,” Bury wrote.

The sanctions require Border Patrol to produce all existing video from the Tucson Sector since June 10.

The plaintiffs believe the video shows the inhumane conditions.