Congressional Members Want Answers from CBP About Use-of-Force Policies

Steve Neavling

CBP’s decision not to implement key reforms within the department has prompted calls from members of Congress for more explanation, the Arizona Star reports.

Twenty two members of Congress wrote a letter to CBP acting Commissioner Thomas Winkowski. “The Border Patrol has not been as forthcoming as possible about how it uses force in the name of public safety, and that needs to change,” Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, said in a news release.

“If the American people don’t believe the Border Patrol will answer honest questions about its conduct, the mission will suffer,” he added.

One of the reforms that wasn’t implemented was the restriction of deadly force when agents are attacked by rocks.

At least 19 people have died in CBP-related deaths since 2010, according to the Arizona Star.


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