A graduate studying criminal justice who had hoped to pursue a career in the Border Patrol, has abandoned the ambition after being stopped and physically harassed by Border Control agents for no reason.
Twenty-one-year-old Jess Cooke, who graduated from SUNY Canton this weekend with a law enforcement leadership degree, was shoved and tased by an agent after she refused to obey orders to move. Cooke captured the incident on video.
As revealed in the footage, Cooke was detained for a secondary inspection after agents claimed she acted nervously at the checkpoint in Waddington, New York, on the US-Canada border.
A female agent decided that Cooke’s non-response to a comment about her dog being “cute,” was sufficient grounds to search her car.
Cooke refused the search, and was ordered to get out of her vehicle and wait for a K-9 Unit to arrive.
When Cooke began filming the incident and questioning the agents as to why she was being detained, they became increasingly uncommunicative and ordered her to move away from them.
Cooke refused, and told a male supervisor that she would sue him if he touched her when he threatened to physically move her himself.
Still, Cooke refused to move, and the agent shoved her, then broke out a taser, shooting Cooke in the back and shocking her with 50 thousands volts, causing her to scream and panic.
The agents then immediately claimed that it was Cooke who had put her hands on them first.
“I was cuffed for over an hour after being out in the Border Patrol car and then brought to the U.S. Customs station in Ogdensburg. I sat there for a good 3-4 hours and got sent home due to they couldn’t figure out what charges to put on me,” Cooke said in a written response.
The vehicle was eventually searched, and nothing untoward was discovered.
Cooke says she has cuts and bruises from the scuffle and marks on her wrists from being handcuffed. The Border Control has not responded for requests for comment.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.