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Border Patrol Limits Use Of Force Against Rock Throwers, Moving Vehicles

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Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Memo

Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Memo

U.S. Border Patrol announced on Friday that it ...

U.S. Border Patrol announced on Friday that it is changing its policy on using deadly force against moving vehicles and people who throw rocks.

The agency's chief, Michael J. Fisher, sent a memorandum to employees in which he said the policy is designed to help agents avoid dangerous situations.

Border Patrol agents must not step in the path of vehicle to open fire at a suspect and must refrain from shooting rock-throwing suspects unless the rocks or objects "are large enough to cause serious injury or death."

"As our operational environment changes, we too much change, adapting our methods in executing our border security mission while minimizing risk to ourselves and others," Fisher wrote.

Earlier last month, a Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man along a rugged section of the Otay Mountains in southeast San Diego.

The agent said he feared for his life after the suspect allegedly hit him in the face with a rock.

Since 2010, Border Patrol agents have shot and killed nine people in response to rock throwing.

Last year, a government-commissioned review of the agency recommended that it stop responding to rock throwing with deadly force, but the border agency rejected the recommendation.

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Avatar for user 'TeSquared'

TeSquared | March 7, 2014 at 2:47 p.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

And the border patrol should reject the recommendation, these are criminals trying to break into our country. If the threaten bodily harm, it should be dealt with severely, period. You cannot say they are laborers or transit, they could be terrorist (they are in the act of aggression at the very time). You can't say they are innocent, they are hanging at the border fence, there is nothing else there.
Create a penalty or threat of danger if you try to cross the border illegally, enough with the white gloves, free meds, free schooling. The way it is right now, if I was in Mexico, I would do anything to get to the states!
"Since 2010, Border Patrol agents have shot and killed nine people in response to rock throwing." Really, out of 1 million illegals, don't look for sympathy with that fact.

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JeanMarc | March 7, 2014 at 2:47 p.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't know what is so difficult about not throwing rocks at armed men while trying to enter their country illegally. This memo is also a memo to Mexicans notifying them that they can now throw rocks at border patrol agents heads or try to run them over with impunity.

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Missionaccomplished | March 7, 2014 at 4:35 p.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Where is _ckkkapoop1???

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Missionaccomplished | March 7, 2014 at 4:36 p.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

BE SQUARED, crossing the border without proper documentation is a CIVIL OFFENSE. Do a little research next time BEFORE you type. ONLY the racists and the nativists call them criminals.

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