Border Patrol to continue deadly force policy

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SAN DIEGO — U.S. Border Patrol agents may continue to use deadly force against people who throw rocks and other objects at them, according to Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher.

The agency upholds the policy despite a government-commissioned review recommending that it stop.

“We’ve said from the beginning that rocks are deadly force and if you throw a rock at a Border Patrol agent. They may very well shoot you defborder-patrolending themselves,” said Shawn Moran, Vice-President of the National Border Patrol Council.

Moran said agents are reluctant to use deadly force, but if assaulted — must take action.

“Every single one of these encounters – there’s a choice to be made.  These people choose to assault Border Patrol agents.  Unfortunately, in some of these cases, people died,” said Moran.

According to the ACLU, agents have killed 20 people since 2010.  That year, an unarmed Anastasio Hernandez died from stun gun wounds at the San Ysidro port of entry.

Hernandez’s death raised concerns in Congress and led to an internal review.

“There’s a pattern of case after case in which Border Patrol agents shoot and kill – and ask questions later,” said Christian Ramirez with Alliance San Diego.

Activists like Ramirez believe the Border Patrol should reconsider changing its policy.

“The ‘rockings’ will not stop, no matter how much special interest groups cry about it and how much they try to restrict Border Patrol agents.  We’re just reacting to a situation that is being forced upon our agents,” said Moran.


  • John Q Tracker (ex)

    Never bring a rock to a gun fight, and when you do… dont complain about it later when you lose the battle. (And then- ask yourself , why are the people there throwing rocks? something they arent supposed to, right? So if they went home and didnt throw rocks, end of excessive force complaint. wow that was easy to solve! Huh? What??! they dont want to go home?? because they are smugglers?? hmmm

  • ....sigh....

    If you don't want to get shot, don't throw a rock or any other object at a Border Patrol Agent or Law Enforcement personnel. I don't understand the argument here.

  • Get Real

    If they'd put half as much effort into their own country maybe they wouldn't be trying to get up here all the time. Also, let's make all the drugs legal and tax the hell out of them too. No more overpopulation in our jails, less trafficking issues and more money to fund rehabs and County Behavioral Health.

  • Bill

    I have a question for this Christian Ramirez. Christian, what are you going to say to the wife, husband, children of a dead Border Patrol Agent that is protecting our border when he dies because some frickin idiot standing on the fence hurls a chunk of concrete or rock and hits a Agent in the head and kills him or her?
    That's what I thought! So shut up and get a real job and stop defending these criminals sneaking across our border. Yes, they are criminals because they are committing a federal crime by coming across our border illegally. Stop the "all they want is a better life, yada yada yada yada…………."

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