Border Patrol issues lethal force directive after shootingsWASHINGTON — Following a series of disputed shootings, the U.S. Border Patrol issued a new lethal force directive Friday which prohibit agents from shooting at moving vehicles and at rock-throwing assailants except in instances when the threat could be deadly.
The announcement comes after a highly critical review of dozens of shooting incidents during a two-year period in which some agents allegedly stepped in front of vehicles to justify firing their weapons and also fired on rock throwers across the border into Mexico.
The directive is because of the actions of some BP agents has become a problem. The directive is not a stand down order, it is an order for agents not put themselves in positions where leathal force is used. The directive does not say that leathal force is not to be used in the performance of the job, just not to used unjudiciously.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol ~ Border Patrol OverviewWhile the Border Patrol has changed dramatically since its inception in 1924, its primary mission remains unchanged: to detect and prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States.
And in case you want to quibble on the definition of "prevent"...
Merriam-Webster ~ Prevent: to stop (something) from happening or existing
: to make (someone or something) not do something : to stop (someone or something) from doing something
It absolutely IS the job of our border patrol to STOP illegal border crossings. If it takes a bullet to get the job done and get those leeches and law breakers to stop illegally coming into the US then I am all for it.
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