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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Report prepared for CBP criticizes Border Patrol use of deadly force, paper says

Agency tried to suppress report, Los Angeles Times says

      The Los Angeles Times said Thursday that a report prepared for Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) harshly criticized the Border Patrol's use of deadly force. The paper said CBP has been trying to keep the report from being made public.

      The 21-page report was conducted by law-enforcement experts.

       The paper said a 23-page agency response rejected the report's two major recommendations, which were to disallow "border agents from shooting at vehicles unless its occupants are trying to kill them" and to bar "agents from shooting people who throw things that can't cause serious physical injury."

        Just last week, a Border Patrol agent shot and killed a Mexican man who was throwing rocks in mountainous terrain about four miles east of the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego.

Los Angeles Times: "Border Patrol's use of deadly force criticized in report. An independent review of U.S. Border Patrol shootings criticizes the agency for 'lack of diligence' in its investigations and suggests that agents' tactics sometimes create a pretext to open fire."

Feb. 20 U-T San Diego: Mexico condemns fatal shooting. 

Update, Feb. 28: U-T San Diego front-page story about the report. It mentions the Los Angeles Times' having broken the story in the sixth paragraph — only the first three paragraphs were on the front page.

Update, March 2: Los Angeles Times editorial blasts CBP for trying to keep the full report secret.