The United States Border Patrol is taking part in a 90-day testing period for body cameras in areas including Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Michigan, and Washington. The testing period comes after a long list of complaints about use of force against illegal immigrants.
“The Border Patrol anticipates the use of this equipment will also allow our community members to have more insight as to what our agents do on a daily basis and what challenges they face,” the US Customs and Border Protection agency told ABC-7.
After the test, the agency plans to analyze legal, privacy, and policy issues that arise. The cameras work for around four to six hours and can be worn on the head or chest. After an initial review of cases involving force and misconduct by agents and inspectors since 2009, new internal affairs head Mark Morgan found 155 that merited further investigations.
Vicki Gaueca, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights welcomes the use of body cameras. “[The cameras] will help protect abuse victims, and if used appropriately these cameras will help ensure that CBP’s interaction with community members is fair and lawful.”
We at Crawford Buick GMC hope this approach will make law enforcement safer and fairer for everyone.