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CBP, Border Patrol Fail to Deliver on Promise to Be Transparent About Shootings

By Steve Neavling

Customs and Border Protection pledged to become more transparent and accountable when it comes to agents using deadly force, but the USA Today reports that the agency is struggling to meet that promise.

At least 46 people – 16 of whom were Americans – have been killed by Border Patrol agents and CBP officers were on duty.

Then CBP’s acting internal affairs chief, Mark Alan Morgan, told reporters that he doubts any of the agents or officers were were disciplined in the deaths.

The USA Today rattles of a list of suspicious cases, including an unarmed teen shot in the back and agents shooting through a border fence in Mexico.

Despite the existence of a study on the issues, CBP kept it a secret for 15 months before it was leaked to the media.

“It just boggles my mind that DHS would hide this information,” said Wong, the retired CBP assistant deputy commissioner for internal affairs. “We’re not talking about terrorist activities or national security; we’re talking about things the American public should be aware of, should have access to. For them to say we can’t tell you how many people have been investigated for excessive use of force, well, I don’t understand the rationale.”

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Law Enforcement Fatalities Up in First Half of 2014

By Ross Parker

 The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty went up 31%  during the first half of 2014, compared to the same time period last year. Of the 67 officers killed, 26 were in traffic-related incidents, 25 were killed by gunfire, and 16 due to job-related illnesses and other causes. 

Despite the increase, the overall trend of officer fatalities continued to trend downward from the the 1970 when 140 officers were killed during the same period.

The number of annual firearm-related deaths has decreased from 62 in the 1970s to 24 on average during the period since 2000. The statistics were compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  (Their full report can be viewed by clicking here. 

Particularly disturbing were the sharp increases in deaths by gunfire (56%) and in fatal on-duty heart attacks (62%). Gunfire deaths were caused primarily by handguns either while the officer was investigating suspicious persons or circumstances or was the victim of an ambush.

Federal officers killed in the line of duty so far this year include three territorial officers and a military officer. In addition, LA County Sheriff Detective/DEA Task Force Officer Al Riveria passed away after surgical complications for an on the job The most dangerous places for law enforcement officers were California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Virginia. Michigan and nineteen other states have had no fatalities so far this year.

The deadliest day of the week was Monday (15) and Tuesday (5) the least deadly.  The deadliest month overall was May and April had the fewest fatalities.

The average age of the officer killed in the line of duty was 42 with an average of 13 years of service. He (64) or she (3) had an average of two children. The spike in the number of officer fatalities, even with an overall downward trend, is a grim reminder that law enforcement continues to be a dangerous job performed to keep the rest of us safe.


Synthetic Drug Craze Involving LSD-Like Substance Has Killed 19 People So Far

Steve Neavling

The DEA is trying to crack down on the latest synthetic drug craze that is responsible for at least 19 deaths nationwide, KGUN9-TV report.

The drug is called “N-bomb” and has similar hallucinatory effects of LSD.

But users are buying the drug from amateur chemists who are selling the product online.

“It’s like playing Russian Roulette, because you just don’t know what you’re getting. They may just mix in any other lethal substances into these drugs,” said Spokesperson for the DEA Phoenix Division Special Agent Ramona Sanchez.

The DEA temporarily banned the drug while it conducts further research.



Border Patrol Experiences Double-Digit Decline in Immigrant Deaths, Arrests on Arizona Border

Steve Neavling

If the Arizona-Mexico border is any indication, fewer immigrants are dying and getting arrested.

Fox News reports a 16% decline in arrests at the Arizona border and a 40% drop during the present fiscal year.

Between Oct. 1 and March 1, about 42,600 immigrants were detained, compared with 50,900 during this period last year.

“We notice that far fewer immigrants are crossing the border, particularly in the eastern desert region where we previously reported a large proportion of the deaths and rescues,” Adame said.

In the 2014 fiscal year, Border Patrol recoded 31 deaths, compared to 52 during the same period last year.

Feds Won’t Investigate Whether DEA Agents Violated Human Rights in Honduras

Steve Neavling

The state and justice departments have no intention of investigating complaints of human rights violations and other misconduct by DEA agents in Honduras, the Washington Times reports.

At issue is the May 2012 deaths of four Honduran villagers during an anti-drug operation along the Carribean coast.

Some lawmakers and human-rights groups have been demanding to know how much the DEA was involved in the deaths, the Washington Times reported.

More than 55 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have requested an investigation, but the Obama administration appears to be pleased with a report from Honduras that cleared the DEA of wrongdoing, the Washington Times wrote.

“There will be no separate investigation,” a U.S. official told The Washington Times this week.

FBI: Guns Killed More Than 550 Children Between 2006-2010

Steve Neavling

Firearms killed more than 550 children ages 12 and under between 2006 and 2010, the Associated Press reports, citing FBI records.

The number of deaths which do not include accidental shootings, have been relatively consistent throughout the five-year period – about 112 annually.

Those deaths are getting closer scrutiny following the shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders this month, the AP reported. The total number of shooting deaths of small children won’t be known for another two years.

“This happens on way too regular a basis and it affects families and communities — not at once, so we don’t see it and we don’t understand it as part of our national experience,” Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told the AP.

Law Enforcement Deaths Spike in 2010

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement fatalities — which included the recent murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona — jumped 40 percent in 2010 compared to last year, according to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The spike, from 160 deaths in 2010 compared to 117 the year before,  came after a two-year decline.

Traffic fatalities, as in the past, continued to be the leading cause of officer deaths, with 73 officers killed in the line of duty. That figure represented a 43 percent increase over last year, according to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

Fifty-nine officers were fatally shot this year, up 20 percent from the 49 in 2009. Of the 59, 12 were shot in ambush attacks.

Earlier this month, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed along the Arizona-Mexico border by suspected bandits. A group of people have been arrested in the case.

“A more brazen, cold-blooded criminal element is on the prowl in America, and they don’t think twice about killing a cop,” said NLEOMF Chairman Craig W. Floyd.