Border Patrol hit with abuse complaints


Bob Ortega
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 10, 2013

Southern Arizona residents say Border Patrol agents are using excessive force, engaging in illegal searches and seizures, and stopping and detaining people without explanation while roving on patrols up to 60 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU says the scores of complaints it has received in Arizona are similar to ones raised in a lawsuit recently settled in Washington state.

ACLU lawyer James Duff Lyall here said his group is delivering an administrative complaint Thursday to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, to the department’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and to the Department of Justice.

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