An unusual step by the U.S. Border Patrol in California to look into their own cases of excessive force charges, may have major implications here in Arizona.
By Nancy Montoya
The sound of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas being punched and kicked by up to 15 Border Patrol agents could be heard on cell phone video footage. It happened in 2010 near San Diego. The footage was recently discovered and it contradicts claims by agents that Rojas resisted arrest.
"The agent’s reports and sworn accounts say oh he was constantly moving, twisting, rolling, kicking and trying to bite us," said Eugene Iredale, the family’s attorney. "But as you can see he is laying in a fetal position on the ground.”
The footage activated, for the first time, the Use of Force Review Board established two years ago. Now groups and individuals with claims against CBP on the Arizona border want the board to take a closer look at Arizona cases against Border Patrol.
Customs and Border Protection acknowledged the Excessive Force Review Board has been activated, but won’t comment until the process is done. In the meantime, human rights groups are demanding the results be made public.