Border Patrol Continues to Exaggerate Danger to Agents to Justify Violence Against Immigrants
What is really happening along the border.
IT is safer to be a Border Patron Agent than a Police Officer"[A]ccording to the FBI, only 397 agents were assaulted in 2016, compared with the CBP*s inflated claim to the public of 454. The Intercept attempted to obtain numbers from the FBI for 2017, to compare that data with CBP*s claim of 786 assaults, but the FBI said it would not be publishing the numbers until late May.
New Data Shows assaults going downNow that data is available. It shows a 9 percent rise in the number of agents assaulted from 2016 to 2017 * from 397 to 432. But the data also shows a 22 percent drop in the number of agents injured, from 132 to 103. ... As FBI statistics make clear, working as a Border Patrol agent is much safer than working as a local police officer or sheriff*s deputy. On average, whether or not they are injured, Border Patrol agents face only around one-fourth as many assaults as do other types of law enforcement officers. So why is the Border Patrol*s use of lethal force increasing, along with the number of assaults reported against its agents * even as injuries to those agents have gone down? Could the agents themselves be provoking confrontations with migrants?"