By Christian Ramirez
The recently published article, “Activists push for body cams for border agents” demonstrates the lack of justice given to Anastasio Hernandez Rojas’ family.
This family has been subjected to delayed tactics and refusals to prosecute. This injustice has created a gap of mistrust.
It is critical that U.S. Customs and Border Protection implement reforms to end the culture of violence and impunity.
The advocacy efforts of human rights activists and affected border families have pushed Commissioner Kerlikowske to take steps towards transparency. Kerlikowske has recently developed The National Use of Force Review Board, which will review cases involving use of force. We are pleased with the creation of this review board, and we will keep advocating for total and complete transparency for the board’s findings.
Moreover, we will continue to fight for the full implementation of body-worn cameras, a more robust internal affairs department and transparency within the agency.