Investigate Excessive Use of Force by Border Patrol
As we’ve reported before, there have been several accounts of individuals being beaten and even killed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents since 2010. For example, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was tased and beaten while in Border Patrol custody after he was captured at the U.S.-Mexico border trying to return to his wife, Maria, and his five children in San Diego. He died as a result of his injuries shortly afterward, but none of the involved agents have been held accountable for their actions.
Another victim, 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca, was shot to death in the El Paso area in 2010. Nevertheless, the Department of Justice determined that the lethal use of force against Hernandez Huereca was justified based on CBP’s guidelines. Guidelines, it should be noted, that have not been made public.
In response to these heart-breaking but all too common incidents of violence, 118 faith-based and non-governmental organizations, including the Unitarian Universalist Association, have signed a letter to President Obama denouncing the repeated use of excessive force by Border Patrol agents and calling for proper investigation into all such cases.
According to the letter:
“Such widespread abuse is indicative of a serious lack of effective oversight, and the fact that few if any complaints are resolved represents a disturbing lack of accountability within the agency…Law enforcement agencies must be held accountable to the laws they are charged with enforcing, and no federal agent should be allowed to operate above the law. Otherwise, the lack of accountability and rule of law erodes public trust in the federal government and ultimately jeopardizes public security.”
Will you help bring justice to the families of these victims? Please sign and share this petition calling for an investigation into all killings committed by Border Patrol since 2010.