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Fatal shootings by Border Patrol draw bipartisan scrutiny

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By McClatchy Newspapers
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

WASHINGTON — A wave of fatal shootings of unarmed civilians by Border Patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico line has drawn bipartisan focus to the nation's largest federal law enforcement agency.

As attention increases on the deaths of nearly two dozen people in the past four years — including that of a teenager shot in the back of the head — some in Congress say the agency needs more training and more accountability.

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and Republican Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico say they will introduce legislation on Wednesday that would impose more levels of oversight and accountability of Customs and Border Patrol.

The bill would establish an independent oversight commission with subpoena power and an ombudsman position who would investigate complaints.

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