US Border Patrol A Police State, US Deaths In Custody

"The problem is that obviously, there is a real lack of transparency and accountability within" the Border Patrol, the San Diego ACLU’s border litigation attorney Mitra Ebadolahi said. Ebadolahi told Al Jazeera that since 2005, 42 people have died while in Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection custody — according to an investigation by the Arizona Republic — "none of which have led to a transparent investigation by the government." Of those who died, 13 were American nationals like Keith. Christian Ramirez, human rights director of civil liberties group Alliance San Diego told Al Jazeera that because people aren’t allowed to use cell phones or take flash photography at many border crossing checkpoints, it’s difficult to document alleged abuses.

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