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FBI Agent Testifies About 2 Police Officers Using Deadly Force on Homeless Man

Steve Neavling

Former FBI agent John Wilson didn’t have to see much.

“That would not be good proper police procedure,” Wilson testified after watching a surveillance tape of the deadly police encounter, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Wilson provided expert testimony in the trial of two Fullerton police officers who are charged in the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man, Kelly Thomas.

The video showed the homeless man being struck on the head by an officer’s gun.

“Those strikes to the head would be in excess of what a reasonable officer in this position would use to gain control of the situation.”

Border Patrol Accused of Excessive Force, Illegal Searches in Arizona

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents are accused of using excessive force and conducting illegal searches on people in southern Arizona, the Arizona Republic reports.

The ACLU claims the abuses are occurring without any explanation and said scores of people have complained.

The ACLU is delivering an administrative complaint Thursday morning.

The complaints come just two weeks after the ACLU settled a lawsuit over similar Border Patrol methods in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

OIG Report: Border Patrol Lacks Proper Training, Reporting on Use of Force

Steve Neavling

A new report suggests reforms at Border Patrol are needed to prevent excessive use of force, NBC Latino reports.

Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General generated the report at the request of Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, and 15 members of Congress following media reports of an undocumented immigrant who died in CBP custody.

The report recommends that Border Patrol train agents to use less-lethal tactics for handling suspects. It also recommends working on some of the reforms with ICE.

Justice Department Investigates Miami Police for Its Handling of Some Shootings

 Steve Neavling

The Justice Department will monitor the Miami Police Department because of several police-involved shootings over the past four years that didn’t appear to be justified, the Miami Herald reports.

The review, which included police shootings from 2008 to 2011, is part of a civil rights investigation of the Miami police force.

Of the 33 shootings reviewed, three were “unjustified” and an unspecified number involved excessive force, the Herald reported.

The excessive force “may have resulted from tactical and training deficiencies” within the police department, according to the letter of findings by Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez.


Video Released of Border Patrol Agent Allegedly Beating Immigrant in San Diego

Steve Neavling

Federal prosecutors released video of a Border Patrol agent accused of beating a Mexican immigrant while in custody, CBS 8 in San Diego reports.

The agent in the video was found not guilty by a jury last month on excessive force charges.

The video shows Agent Luis Fonseca repeatedly choking and kicking the man until he fell to the ground.

The man, Adolfo Ceja-Escobar, had been deported several times.

Excessive Force Case Against Border Patrol Agent Goes to Trial This Week

Steve Neavling 

An excessive force case against a Border Patrol agent goes to trial this week, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.

Agent Luis E. Fonesca is accused of kicking and choking an unauthorized immigrant until he was unconscious.

Prosecutors say they have a videotape that proves their case.

Fonesca has pleaded not guilty to a count of deprivation of rights under color of the law.

Justice Department to Investigate Cleveland Police on Complaint of Excessive Force

Steve Neavling

The Justice Department plans to announce it is investigating excessive force within the Cleveland Police Department, WXYC Channel 3 reports.

The probe involves a police pursuit in November when Cleveland cops fired 137 bullets at an unarmed man and woman.

WXYC reported that a news conference is expected today to announce the investigation.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has requested assistance from the Justice Department.


Justice Department Investigates Albuquerque Police Department for Use of Excessive Force

Steve Neavling

The Justice Department is launching an investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department following more than two dozen shootings, the New York Times reports.

The probe is to determine whether police used excessive force, including unreasonable deadly force, against suspects.

“We will peel the onion to its core, and we will leave no stone unturned,” Thomas E. Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said at a news conference in Albuquerque.

“We will talk to department leadership and rank-and-file officers,” Mr. Perez said. “We will also actively engage with the community, a critical part of the process of determining whether systemic violations exist.”

In the past two years, the police department has been involved in 25 shootings, 17 of which were fatal, the New York Times reported.

The frequency of the shootings has alarmed authorities.