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"In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute,
Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using
excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration. Eight people
have been killed along the border in the past two years. One man died a
short time after being beaten and tased, an event recorded by two
eyewitnesses whose video is the centerpiece of the report. Both
eyewitnesses say the man offered little or no resistance. One told Need
to Know that she felt like she watched someone being “murdered,” and the
San Diego coroner’s office classified the death as a “homicide.” The report raises questions about accountability. Because border
agents are part of the Department of Homeland Security, they are not
subjected to the same public scrutiny as police officers who use their
weapons. It also questions whether, in the rush to secure the border,
agents are being adequately trained. And it raises the question: why
aren’t these cases being prosecuted?" - PBS, Apr. 20, 2012.