Secrecy Lifted from Border Agency’s Use of Force


“The federal agency that guards the nation’s ports and borders released a report Friday criticizing its use of force by its officers and also made public an updated rulebook on when and how to use force.

The release of the more than 1-year old critical review done by the Police Executive Research Forum and commissioned by the agency comes after escalating pressure on Customs and Border Protection over dozens of use of force incidents that have not led to consequences or punishment for officers and agents involved in them.

R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner for Customs and Border Protection, CBP, which oversees the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs, said the revised policy handbook on use of force incorporates most recommendations from the PERF review and the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees CBP.”

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