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Homeland Security Agent Tasered Following Confrontation with Detective

Carmelo Manuel Viera. Photo: Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. 

By Steve Neavling

A sheriff’s deputy tasered a Homeland Security agent after he allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at two people in a South Carolina sports bar. 

Carmelo Manuel Viera, 47, of Summerville, was charged with two counts of pointing a firearm at a person, unlawful carrying of a pistol, domestic violence and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, The Post and Carrier reports.

He faces up to 10 years in prison. 

Deputies were called to Shenanigan’s Bar to investigate a man pointing a gun at a woman and bouncer. 

A detective spotted Viera driving a car behind the pub with one of the victims. When Viera was ordered to get out of the car, he walked toward the detective, even though he had been ordered to stop walking. At one point, Viera swung a fist at the detective and then returned to his car and reversed out of the alleyway, according to police. 

Using his squad car, the detective blocked Viera in the alleyway. Viera again exited his car and walked toward the detective, who pulled out his gun and told Viera multiple times to stop walking, according to the report.  

An arriving deputy fired his Taser at Viera, who was incapacitated and then booked in the Dorchester County jail. 

At the time of the incident, Viera was on administrative leave from his Homeland Security job. 

Border Patrol Agents Won’t Be Charged in Tasing Incident Caught on Video

By Steve Neavling

Two Border Patrol agents who were accused of excessive force when one of them tased a college student during a traffic stop last year won’t face criminal charges, North Country Public Radio reports.

After reviewing the case, the CBP has decided against filing charges, a spokesperson for the agency said.

The incident was captured on video taken by the alleged victim, Jessica Cooke, who wouldn’t allow agents to search her trunk.

The woman was tackled by one of the agents after she began shouting.

Agents found nothing in the car of Cooke, who said she was held and released after several hours that left her bruised.

The agents, who have not been identified, remain on active duty.

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Judge Dismisses Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Border Patrol in Taser Explosion

courtroomBy Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent whose use of a Taser caused a deadly car explosion acted reasonably, a judge ruled in dismissing a wrong-death lawsuit against the agency, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

Alex Martin died after his car exploded when the agent used the Taser following a chase.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns said the agent responded in a reasonable manner given the tense situation.

The incident happened after Martin, 24, initiated a chase in San Diego that ended after his tires were flatted by a spike strip.

When agents surrounded Martin’s car, he appeared to reach in the center console, prompting one of the agents to fire a Taser through the window, causing an explosion.

FBI Investigates Death of Man Shot Multiple Times with Taser at Border Crossing

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating whether CBP agents went too far when they shot a man multiple times with a Taser at a San Ysidro border crossing, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

Francisco Cesena died after of cardiac arrest caused in part by multiple Taser shots after authorities said he attacked them. According to the federal government, Cesena was wanted on a warrant and attacked agents when they tried to arrest him.

An autopsy revealed seven pairs of puncture marks from a Taser. CBP’s use of force policy bars agents from delivering more than three “cycles” from an electronic weapon.

CBP declined to comment.



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

One of the Border Patrol agents at the scene.

By Steve Neavling

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.

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

By Steve Neavling

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.

TSA Publishes Unusual – And Dangerous – Discoveries at Airport Checkpoints

Steve Neavling

The TSA is making unusual discoveries at checkpoints.

There was the Taser disguised a tube of lipstick. A phone that stores knives. And a knife designed to look like a key.

ABC 7 Denver reports that the objects are being posted through the TSA’s blog and most recently Instagram.

“I guess I’m not too surprised by anything someone tries to pass through the checkpoint. Unless it’s something like a chain saw,” said Jeff Price, an aerospace science professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Video: Woman Says Border Patrol Threatened Her with Knife, Taser at Random Stop

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents threatened a woman with a Taser and knife after she questioned why she was stopped 40 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, she claims in a video distributed by the ACLU.

U.S. citizen Clarisa Christiansen said she refused to exit her car until Border Patrol explained why they wanted to search her vehicle. That’s when she said she was threatened with a Taser

“He opens up my door and he says, ‘Ma’am, do I need to tase you to get you out of your vehicle?'” Chistiansen recounts. “I was like, ‘No, you don’t need to do that. You’re acting ridiculous. Why did you even pull me over?'”

She says an agent then pulled out a knife and threatened to cut her seatbelt.