Border agency’s head of internal affairs removed

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WASHINGTON — The head of internal affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection was removed from his post Monday amid criticism that he failed to investigate hundreds of allegations of abuse and use of force by armed border agents, officials said.

James F. Tomsheck, who has held the post since 2006, is a 30-year veteran of federal law-enforcement agencies. He was given a temporary assignment in another job in Customs and Border Protection, which is the parent agency of the Border Patrol, the Los Angeles Times reported.

FBI Director James B. Comey will assign an FBI agent to replace Tomsheck with orders to be more aggressive at investigating abuse cases, officials said. It is highly unusual for a federal agency to bring an outsider in to run internal affairs.

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