Border residents are often the victims of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an out-of-control agency with extraordinary powers whose officers can racially profile residents, stop and detain. CBP’s lack of accountability and oversight paired with its culture of violence has resulted in the the loss of lives of both US citizens and noncitizens.
Since January 2010, over 120 people have died as the result of an encounter with a CBP agent. SBCC has tracked these deaths based on media coverage and press releases from CBP at the time of these incidents.
Border Patrol has adopted a culture that values military-style policing over de-escalation tactics and the preservation of human life. Since 2010, at least 6 people have been victims of border agent’s excessive use of force through cross-border shootings. SBCC has tracked these deaths based on media coverage of these incidents.
Border Patrol’s vague use of force policies have led to a culture of impunity. While many victims of Border Patrol abuse never receive justice, SBCC has identified three key cases that set precedent. Check out these cases.