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Border Patrol Issues New Use-of-Force Directive
Posted on 8 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Chief of the Border Patrol Michael Fisher distributed a directive on the use of safe tactics and techniques with regard to use of force. That directive can be found here ." - DHS, Mar. 7, 2014 . Read More

CBP Releases Use of Force Policy Handbook and Police Executive Research Forum Report
Posted on 30 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"During his first 100 days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske has established transparency as a top priority. Today, he is releasing a revised use of force policy handbook and a consultant study from the Police Executive... Read More

CBP Comm. Kerlikowske on 2015 Use of Force Stats
Posted on 13 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CBP, Oct. 13, 2015 - "The past year has brought many changes to CBP on use of force, transparency, and accountability. The steps we have taken over the past year – implementing policy changes, revamping our training, standing up a new review... Read More

CBP Use of Force Policy Handbook (Oct. 2010)
Posted on 4 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"I am very pleased to bring you the first version of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Use of Force Policy Handbook. This Policy supersedes the U.S. Customs Firearms and Use of Force Handbook (CIS HB 4500-01A) dated March 2003; the U.S. Customs... Read More

AILA: CBP Finally Taking Steps in Right Direction
Posted on 31 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, May 30, 2014 - Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14053050 (posted May. 30, 2014)" CONTACTS: George Tzamaras or Belle Woods 202-507-7649 - 202-507-7675 gtzamaras... Read More

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3-Part Arizona Republic Border Blockbuster Blows Lid Off CBP 'Use of Force' Secrecy
Posted on 2 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bob Ortega, Rob O'Dell, Daniel Gonzalez, Nick Oza and Charlie Leight compiled this must-read series for all border students. Part One : "A ghost is haunting Nogales." Part Two : Border death captured on video Part Three : Border... Read More

Border Patrol's Use of Deadly Force Criticized in Report
Posted on 27 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Border Patrol agents have deliberately stepped in the path of cars apparently to justify shooting at the drivers and have fired in frustration at people throwing rocks from the Mexican side of the border, according to an independent review of 67... Read More

DHS OIG on CBP Use of Force
Posted on 18 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Attached for your action is our revised final report, CBP Use of Force Training and Actions To Address Use of Force Incidents – Redacted (Revised), OIG-13-114. We incorporated the formal comments from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in... Read More

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CBP to Review Use of Force Policy
Posted on 9 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched what it calls a comprehensive review of its officers' use of force amid a sharp increase in fatal confrontations along the Southwest border. The initiative, which appears to be the most far-reaching... Read More

It's the U.S.-Mexico border, not the Wild West
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide. As The Times' Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent... Read More

Border Patrol Rejects Curbs on Use of Force
Posted on 6 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Border Patrol agents will be allowed to continue using deadly force against rock-throwers, the chief of the agency said, despite the recommendation of a government-commissioned review to end the practice. The Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit... Read More

Border Patrol Use of Force Policy Scrutinized
Posted on 19 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Government investigators are reviewing U.S. Border Patrol policies on use of lethal force amid a spate of deadly shootings along the border in recent years, including the killing last week of a teenager who agents said was throwing rocks at them... Read More