Editorial: Border Patrol Spoils Its Good Name with Secrecy, Long Delays in Internal Probes

Arizona Daily Star

For a law-enforcement agency to be trusted, the public must be able to see how it functions when something goes wrong.

The U.S. Border Patrol doesn’t seem to understand that.

As the Arizona Daily Star’s Tim Steller reported on Sunday, when Border Patrol agents shoot people on the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border, the investigations are slow and secretive. There have been at least six such incidents since January 2010, including the death this fall of a 16-year-old who was on a Nogales, Sonora, sidewalk. A fence and a 36-foot-wide street separated him from the border. Local police reports say two people were on the fence when agents arrived and rocks were thrown at the officers.

When a Tucson police officer or Pima County sheriff’s deputy shoots someone, the agency discloses the incident and the name of the law-enforcer. The investigations are usually quick.

Contrast that with the Border Patrol.

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