Saturday, August 16, 2014
The Center for Investigative Reporting has an interesting report finding that more than two dozen people have died in violent clashes with U.S. Customs and Border Protection since 2010. No agent or officer has faced criminal charges – or public reprimand – to date. Yet at least a quarter of the 28 deaths were “highly suspect,” said James F. Tomsheck, the agency’s recently removed head of internal affairs. In an interview with The Center for Investigative Reporting, he said the deaths raised serious questions about whether the use of lethal force was appropriate.
Tomsheck’s statements follow news reports in June that he was removed from his office because of a “lack of aggressiveness,” according to an unnamed Homeland Security Department official in investigating excessive use of force and abuse in the border agency. Instead, Tomsheck said, Border Patrol officials have consistently tried to change or distort facts to make fatal shootings by agents appear to be “a good shoot” and cover up any wrongdoing.