TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Fatal shootings by Border Patrol draw bipartisan scrutiny

Daily Photo Galleries

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.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Wreckage of sunken WWII U-boat found off N.C. coast
  2. Expert: Stress level rises for Americans who forfeit vacation
  3. Justice Department revamps cyber teams
  4. Archaeologists sift through Everglades muck for history
  5. Over 3 years, extended federal leave adds up to $775M
  6. 5 airports to handle all U.S.-bound travelers from Ebola-stricken nations
  7. North Korea releases Ohio man detained for 6 months
  8. Panetta skipped CIA’s OK of book, potentially putting agency in delicate position with others
  9. Wrongful imprisonment case ends in guilty plea
  10. Teen’s pre-existing condition lead to death
  11. Maryland man set for trial in killing erroneously released
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.