Gonzalez said his injuries stemmed from physical and violent treatment of a Customs and Border Protection Officer Saturday.
The US citizen was making his way back to San Diego through the pedestrian check lines at the San Ysidro border crossing facility Saturday morning when he was approached by a CBP officer.
Gonzalez was ordered to move to a different line.
“There are many lines, I cross all the time and the right line is always the fastest, so I took that one,” he said. “I asked the officer, ‘don’t I have the freedom to pick the line I want?’ the officer then grabbed me and moved me, I told him he didn’t have to touch me.”
“I saw the CBP officer call for back and I was confused. I saw two officers coming toward me so I turned, that’s when someone came behind me and threw me to the ground, I went unconscious and woke up later in an ambulance,” said the father of two.
Human rights advocates said Gonzalez’s story is just one of a growing list of incidents of alleged abuse involving CBP officers and border agents.
Gonzalez plans to seek justice in his case and doesn’t know when or if he’ll ever cross again.
CBP officials released this statement:
“We recognize that with the thousands of people crossing through the San Ysidro Port each day, incidents sometimes occur. We take any allegation of misconduct very seriously and each complaint is investigated, and if we establish that employees engaged in unprofessional behavior, we take appropriate action to correct the situation.
That said, the number of complaints filed represents an extremely small number compared to the overall volume of inspections conducted daily at the San Ysidro port of entry.”