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Border Patrol: Lethal Force Against Rock Throwers Will Continue

November 07, 2013  | 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not change its use-of-force policy against rock throwers, which allows agents to resort to lethal weapons, the agency’s leader has announced. The decision comes after an outside reviewer recommended otherwise, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.

Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher told The Associated Press that such a revision would make the policy very restrictive. The Police Executive Research Forum, which conducted an audit at the agency’s request, had concluded that agents should stop using lethal force.

The review came in response to criticism from civil-rights advocates and some leaders in border communities of the agency’s use-of-force standards after more than 20 people died during the past three years in incidents involving Border Patrol agents. Eight of those cases included rock throwing.

“We shouldn’t have carve-outs in our policy and say, ‘except for this, except for that,’ ” Fisher told The Associated Press in a story published Tuesday. “Just to say that you shouldn’t shoot at rock throwers or vehicles for us, in our environment, was very problematic and could potentially put Border Patrol agents in danger.”


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wasson6515 @ 11/7/2013 4:21 PM

The answer is really quite simple, don't [email protected] attack the police. It doesn't take some flipping civil-rights activist or some other supposed executive research to figure that out. don't threaten me, don't attack me, don't try to injure or harm me.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/8/2013 9:38 PM

My guess the only way to justify a shooting is to put a rock in the hand of the dead body or stuff his pockets with rocks.

Sherry @ 11/9/2013 10:40 AM

The police in Phoenix will shoot you dead many times over by reason of rock in hand. Why is it different for Board Officers. Oh maybe because your supose to fear for your life before using deadly force. Rocks can kill.

Javier Echevarria @ 11/9/2013 12:45 PM

I've always felt (and trained my recruits): when criminals physically fight the police, they will lose - and may lose their lives. I as a cop was not going to lose a physical confrontation, and was willing and authorized to use lethal force. If you think I am or the law is wrong, take it to court!

Sherry @ 11/10/2013 12:33 AM

Javier, really nice when my five year old says to me, Mommy if it is wrong to hurt and bully others then why do policemen slam people against the car when they cuff them? mommy its the rules to keep your hands to yourself so why do policemen use there hands in violant ways on people.
I heard a Mother tell her three kids that they are the biggest gang with badges.
just as kids can become desensitized by playing video games so to can officers by seeing negativity day in and day out. Officers should have to have the same leavel of fear in order to use deadly force just as regular citizens. be safe and have a good one.

Chuck McKenzie @ 11/11/2013 1:03 PM

Poor, poor Sherry. Trying to lecture all us evil police officers but doing so with multiple misspellings, the grammar skills of a second grader, and having no more knowledge of police work than I have of flying the space shuttle.

Lenny @ 11/12/2013 1:11 PM

@ Chuck McKenzie
That's what you took from Sherry's comments?
Typical cop, attack the messenger but never answer questions regarding
conduct. Go fly the Space Shuttle.

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