Border Patrol Chief: Agents can still shoot at rock throwers

Directive comes despite scrutiny over recent deaths

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“Restricting agents in their use of force, whether it is against rock or vehicular assaults, will only result in more criminals attacking Border Patrol agents,” the union said. “Criminals will know if agents are prohibited from using deadly force against rock or vehicle assaults, they will quickly employ those means against agents.”

Chief Fisher said in his experience, assailants are using projectiles to try to push agents out of the area so that illegal activity can continue.

Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported on an independent report that criticized the Border Patrol’s policy, saying the agency showed a “lack of diligence” in investigating instances where agents used their weapons. The experts who wrote the report urged the Border Patrol to limit the use of lethal force in instances where assailants are using vehicles or projectiles.

Last year, the Border Patrol said it would consider outfitting agents with dashboard and lapel cameras to try to cut down on uncertainty surrounding some of the incidents. Chief Fisher told reporters those recommendations are still under study.

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