Protesters criticize excessive force by Border agents

NOGALES – Groups along the Border are protesting excessive force used by Border agents.


Richard Boren joined a small demonstration with the Border Patrol Victims Network near a port of entry in Nogales. It was organized to go along with a larger demonstration where a man was killed by Customs and Border Protection in San Diego.


“We’re here in solidarity to say that these agents have to be put on trial,” Boren said, “that there can’t be impunity for border patrol.”

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Border Patrol killings face renewed scrutiny

He was shot eight times in the back by a U.S. border patrol agent who fired from behind this fence.

“What were they doing?” a Mexican dispatcher asked.

“They were throwing rocks,” a border patrol agent told her.

But other witnesses said Rodriguez was just walking by.

Since 2010, 28 people have died at the hands of border patrol agents.

Jim Tomsheck

Reviewing those fatal force cases was part of Jim Tomsheck’s job as head of internal affairs for Customs and Border Protection

“I am familiar with several incidents where the persons appeared to be fleeing and were shot in the back or the side at some distance from the border patrol agent when the shots were fired,” said Tomsheck.

He calls seven of those shootings “highly suspect.” But he told CBS News his bosses ignored his concerns and he did not have authority to punish agents. He was reassigned in June.

“There were certainly many cases where border patrol agents or certainly CBP officers engaged in excessive use of force or abuse of migrants at the border that should have resulted in discipline where it did not,”

Tomsheck says.

Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was shot eight times in the back by a U.S. border patrol agent.

One of those not disciplined is the agent who shot Rodriguez. He remains on the job.

Rodriguez was one of 12 reportedly unarmed people shot by border agents. Autopsies on three of them show they were shot in the back, or the back of the head.

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