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Border Agent Tried On Excessive Force Charges

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Aired 4/9/13

The trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of choking a border crosser began today in San Diego. It comes at a time when border agents are under increased scrutiny for the use of excessive force against migrants.

The trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of choking a border crosser began today in San Diego.

It comes at a time when border agents are under increased scrutiny for the use of excessive force against migrants.

The trial for Agent Luis Fonseca is expected to be a short one. He's accused of choking unconscious a man believed to have crossed the border illegally. Fonseca has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Federal prosecutors say that in 2011, Fonseca helped process a man detained near the border. In court documents, prosecutors allege Fonseca kneed him to the ground and then choked him. Afterward Fonseca allegedly told the man he was having a "Mexican heart attack."

A grand jury indicted Fonseca last year. Prosecutors say they have video of the attack.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | April 9, 2013 at 8:04 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

The first in some ten years or so I read on another website. Impunity.

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JeanMarc | April 9, 2013 at 9:27 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

This psychopath will get to continue abusing people just like all the cops around here.

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