Skip to comments.Border Patrol Limits Use of Force
Posted on 03/10/2014 10:21:44 AM PDT by don-o
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Border Patrol has restricted border agents authority to shoot at moving vehicles or at people throwing rocks, changing a controversial policy that has contributed to at least 19 deaths since 2010.
In a memo released Friday, Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher directed border agents not to step in front of moving vehicles, nor to use their bodies to block them, in order to open fire at drivers. He also barred shooting at vehicles whose occupants are fleeing from agents.
A deadly threat, which would justify use of force, does not include a moving vehicle merely fleeing from agents, the new rule states.
Fisher also ordered agents to seek cover or move away from rock throwers if possible and not to shoot at them unless a rock or other object poses an imminent danger of death or serious injury.
The new rules would bring the Border Patrols practices closer to those used routinely by the nations major urban police departments. They are a response, in part, to widespread complaints from immigrant advocates that border agents have shot and killed people in some cases when deadly force was not necessary to protect the lives of agents or the public.
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had commissioned law enforcement experts to review 67 shooting incidents that left 19 people dead along the U.S.-Mexico border from January 2010 to October 2012, but then had rejected the groups recommendations to crack down on shooting at vehicles and rock throwers.
Fishers directive, contained in a four-page memorandum titled Use of Safe Tactics and Techniques, essentially reverses that decision and sets new standards on use of force for one of the nations largest law enforcement agencies. U.S. Border Patrol employs more than 21,000
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Have they given them red carpets yet to welcome our new illegal alien overlords?
No change in policy.
Old policy still in effect. Just re-issued the policy because “they” (the Wash DC ‘leadership’) wanted to appease the politicians and mexico.
Getting ‘rocked’ is still considered use of lethal force (as it should be) and when someone tries to run you over then you can shoot him—no one ‘jumps out in front’ of a vehicle just to take a shot, and once the vehicle passes, the shooting stops.
Can’t retreat because then you are ceding US territory to thugs and criminals and illegal aliens. DC ‘leadership’ understand this and also knows a revolution among Agents would break out if they caved to illegals, criminal and mexico (yes, they are all the same).
At the end of the red carpet is free healthcare, food stamps and whatever else is in the government bag of goodies
When does the law go into effect that we have to carry illegal invaders over the Border in a litter as if they were 18th century royalty?
...Neither does anyone else. You expel foreign invasion with force. It's been that way for thousands of years.
The exact opposite of what we should be doing.
By all the Gods ever worshiped, I hate this “Administration”....
‘Hope you’re right— still it’s clear that Obozo is doing all he can with catch-and-release, illegal amnesties, etc., to undo what little immigration enforcement there is.
And ‘public service’ announcements in Spanish telling them how to sign up.
Obviously, this policy does not apply to the DC or Capital Hill police force.
Obviously, this policy does not apply to the DC or Capital Hill police force
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Aren’t they charging that ‘mob’ of police and LEO’s that executed that 22 year old with the child in the back seat?
s/ we all know they were protecting the ‘Fuehrer’ ...
Sorry, that was MURDER.
Even following the idiotic restrictions they place on you and I. ONCE THE DANGER HAS SUBSIDED, you aren’t ‘allowed’ to use deadly force.
6 blocks away, and even though she was still ‘fleeing’ (of course that wasn’t a bad idea) they had her trapped and yet still managed to shoot her. Lucky the baby survived.