American Woman Says CBP Agent Assaulted Her at U.S.-Canada Border

American Woman Says CBP Agent Assaulted Her at U.S.-Canada Border

"Carianne Borowski and her family have crossed the border to and from Canada countless times, but she says what happened to her at the Peace Bridge in December gives her nightmares.  Carianne, her husband Matthew and their three kids are American citizens but now live in Ontario.  They were in Buffalo just before Christmas to do some shopping and have dinner.  They were approaching the Peace Bridge going home when she says an American agent with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) physically assaulted her. ... Matthew, who is serving as Carianne's attorney, is preparing a lawsuit against CBP that he expects to file next week.  He said the surveillance video is a key piece of evidence.  In the days after the incident, he filed a Spoliation Letter with CBP, which requires the agency keep any and all evidence in the case, including the surveillance video. ... Matthew has crossed the border dozens of times since that December night.  He routinely represents clients in cases in Buffalo courtrooms.  And he says that's become more difficult, because after the incident, he and Carianne got letters saying their NEXUS cards had been revoked.  There was no explanation.  "All we got was a letter saying, 'You fail to meet the minimum requirements,'" Matthew said.  He now sits in traffic for up to an hour or longer, whereas he used to cross quickly.  He says it has hurt his legal practice." - WGRZ, Feb. 5, 2014.