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Video Surfaces Of Border Agent Punching Man On Ground

A video surfaced earlier this week showing a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the San Diego Sector punching and kneeing a man already lying on the ground. It has raised questions about the Border Patrol’s use of force, a controversy that has only recently entered the public realm.

The incident started Monday afternoon, Jan. 13, when the agent pulled over a van in Temecula, Calif.

Two of the four men inside were in the country illegally. The Border Patrol said in a statement that, as the agent moved in to arrest one of the men, the man punched the agent. The agent then tried to subdue him with a Taser but the man continued resisting.

At that point, an off-duty officer and a bystander helped the agent subdue him. The driver of the van took the cell phone footage and turned part of it over to 10 News San Diego which broke the story.

But the Border Patrol’s statement doesn’t reflect the details shown in the video. The agent is kneeling over the shirtless man lying on the ground. Another man is holding on to the subject’s legs. The Border Patrol agent punches him repeatedly with short jabs. He yells at the man to give him his arm. The man asks to use the bathroom.

The Border Patrol arrested the unidentified man on assault on a federal agent and re-entry after deportation charges.

The man who shot the video is a parolee. Agents went to his house and seized the cell phone video, but he kept one of the videos to turn it in to the news station.

The agency has not said whether the agent is being investigated for punching the man while he was already lying on the ground.

According to the Office of Inspector General, Border Patrol agents were assaulted 6,095 times between fiscal years 2006 and 2012. The OIG also reviewed allegations of excessive force. It found that in 1,896 cases, agents possibly used excessive force 1,187 times between fiscal years 2007 and 2012. Agents may have used excessive force 504 times in that same time period. More than 200 cases, 11 percent of the total, were dismissed in the OIG’s findings as not being excessive force.

The OIG stressed that Homeland Security agents need more scenario-based training to test what they are taught in real-life simulations. The OIG wrote:

“In addition, several officials said the use of scenario-based training should be increased during basic training, especially at the Border Patrol Academy. They said trainees leave the Border Patrol Academy with the necessary tools and tactics, but are not fully prepared for possible real-life situations they might encounter. For example, one official said trainees do not have the opportunity in a training environment to experience how they might react in an encounter in the field and practice working through their stress or fear reaction. CBP officials said that by experiencing possible scenarios and reactions in a training environment, trainees are better prepared for any situation they encounter in the field. We agree with suggestions to increase scenario-based training at the basic academies.”

Meanwhile, assaults and attacks on Border Patrol agents continue.

On Thursday, a San Diego Sector Border Patrol agent was knocked off his ATV after someone in Mexico hurled a six-inch diameter rock and struck him in the head. That agent is recovering.

Comments

Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | January 17, 2014 at 5:41 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Too bad there are no bleeding hearts videoing our Border Patrol agents being hit, kicked and spit on by the felons from the south. They have a difficult job. Not only do they have to put up with that, they have to have these types of articles over isolated instances. I question if they are showing the entire film. If not shown whole, it is worthless to me. Based on partial videos, people thought for weeks that Rodney King was just standing on a street corner when arrested.

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sdreefer21 | January 18, 2014 at 3:29 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Agreed. Id be willing to bet agents have taken for more punches and things of the like than they have returned.

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Missionaccomplished | January 18, 2014 at 6:28 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

_uckkkpoop1, YOU are worthless to me.

Isn't it curious that _ckkkapoop1, SDREEFER12, and CA Offender are always among the first to demonstrate their bigotry and cultural chauvinism whenever there is an immigration or ethnic minority story???

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muckapoo1 | January 19, 2014 at 10:26 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

And mission unaccomplished is the first to defend these felons. I am not a bigot, unless that includes not liking criminals. All criminals should be treated harshly and quickly. We have all these new laws taking away honest citizen's privacy rights to stop crime. Then when the libs actually catch a criminal, they want them treated to reasonable accommodations and with more rights than the people they harmed. Does mission actually look forward to a lawless society and a country without borders, to allow everyone in who wants to take advantage of it?? Me, I welcome anyone here legally.

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sdreefer21 | January 19, 2014 at 3:04 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

My wife is a mexican immigrant. I have no biggotey towards mexicans. I spend more time in mexico than probably most any of you. And i love the people of baja and mainland and their loving culture. I dislike your absolute ignorance of how our bordee and customs officials are treated. Working the border is not easy. And until you deal specifically with border issues first hand on a regular basis you are just blow hard.

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DeLaRick | January 20, 2014 at 8:24 a.m. ― 10 months ago

"My wife is a mexican immigrant. I have no biggotey towards mexicans. I spend more time in mexico than probably most any of you. And i love the people of baja and mainland and their loving culture."

The unnecessarily aggressive nature of CBP agents in San Diego is well-known throughout Mexico. You might want to actually have a discussion with your wife's relatives about that. They'll have some stories to tell. I wouldn't go calling anyone a "blow hard" until you've done that. If CBP agents get nasty and out of line during routine border crossings, I'd hate to see what they do when no one is watching.

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sdreefer21 | January 20, 2014 at 12:08 p.m. ― 10 months ago

Is it really? I would be curious to know where you got that little factual nugget from.

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DeLaRick | January 20, 2014 at 2:47 p.m. ― 10 months ago

I get my facts from personal experiences and a wealth of connections throughout latinoamerica. I've forgotten more about Mexico than you'll ever know.

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sdreefer21 | January 21, 2014 at 8:44 a.m. ― 10 months ago

You may have. But you have never had to go to the border where people are throwing rocks, pointing guns at you, and booby trapping your workplace have you? Of the 200 hundred to 400 plus million souls that cross the border each year the complaint log doesnt match what your saying. Your trying to demonzie people who protect our borders from evil. While a few bad seeds are bound to exist. Your remarks just dont hold water.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 21, 2014 at 9:59 a.m. ― 10 months ago

The article is about VIDEO evidence of people being abused by border agents.

People above are talking about abuse being inflicted on the border agents, so where is the VIDEO evidence of this?

Are you people trying to say that it's pure coincidence that border agents are caught on tape abusing people but all the tremendous amounts of alleged abuse directed at them just happen to always evade recorders and cameras ??

Come on.

If there really is more abuse directed at border agents than the other way around, then I would think border patrol would be in favor of video recording all their interactions.

Let's not forget, border enforcement has their own little citizen vigilante group called the 'minutemen' who are always waddling around the border areas trying to document anything that puts border crossers in a bad light.

So where are all their videos ?

If border enforcement is being constantly and continually harassed as some above claim, SHOW ME THE VIDEO of it.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 21, 2014 at 10:07 a.m. ― 10 months ago

"The man who shot the video is a parolee. Agents went to his house and seized the cell phone video, but he kept one of the videos to turn it in to the news."

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So not only do these thugs beat a man unnecessarily, they turn around and storm his home to steal the tape?

This is why the U.S. government wants to have so many citizens on probation and parole, it gives them control and the power to do whatever they want to whomever they want.

This story is not about border control, it's about an out of control police state that we should all be concerned about.

What if this man had not been a parolee, what would the Gestapo have resorted to then to get back the tape they didn't want anyone to see ?

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JeanMarc | January 21, 2014 at 10:24 a.m. ― 10 months ago

DeLaRick why do you have a problem with border agents being rough with CRIMINALS?

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DeLaRick | January 21, 2014 at 11:34 a.m. ― 10 months ago

JM and Reefer,

I agree 100% with PDSD about an out of control police state mentality across all law enforcement agencies. CBP has adopted paramilitary tactics that they willfully use on peaceful and lawful border crossers. It's now part of their culture. I have no problem with them using force against those who resist or fight back. However, they need to use better discretion in their threat assessments or send conflict-hungry agents to Iraq or Afghanistan. They can prove how tough they really are over there.

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Missionaccomplished | January 21, 2014 at 11:57 a.m. ― 10 months ago

SDREEFER12 is the Kit Carson type racist. He denigrates a culture, but weds into that same culture. And then, somehow, erronously thinks he's an expert on that culture.

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Missionaccomplished | January 21, 2014 at 11:58 a.m. ― 10 months ago

JOHN MARK,

failure to speak to an immigration officer at the border: a CIVIL OFFENSE. Horror of horrors!

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | January 21, 2014 at 2:04 p.m. ― 10 months ago

I think he did a little more than fail to speak to the officer. He was fighting and violently resisting them, and he was already breaking the law by being here. What is the problem? He deserved to get punched in the face.

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Avatar for user 'benz72'

benz72 | January 22, 2014 at 8:47 a.m. ― 10 months ago

I too would like to see video of violence directed against border patrol agents, especially if identifying details of the assailants can be discerned.

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CaliforniaDefender | January 22, 2014 at 5:49 p.m. ― 10 months ago

"...the man punched the agent."

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The illegal alien attacked the BP agent.

So, left wingers, put yourself in the agent's shoes and tell me how you would respond to these violent and dangerous criminals.

Remember, violence against BP agents is a daily occurrence. Could you imagine someone trying to injure or kill you every day you go to work? Be honest and really think about it.

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