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Saturday April 21, 2012

Have U.S. Border Agents been Using Excessive Force to Curb Illegal Immigration? New Video Emerges

Have U.S. Border Agents been Using Excessive Force to Curb Illegal Immigration? New Video Emerges

Photo: Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas Vigil

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The death of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, which garnered national media attention in 2010, has re-entered the limelight after PBS unearthed new footage of the incident between the Mexican citizen and border patrol agents.

In June of 2010, Hernandez-Rojas was struck with a baton by one border patrol officer and tased with a stun gun with another, after resisting deportation on the U.S.-Mexico border. He died shortly after the incident.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) insisted that Hernandez-Rojas’ behavior necessitated the use of a baton and stun gun. CBP reports maintained that he “became combative” and the baton and stun gun were used to “subdue the individual and maintain officer safety.”

But new footage has prompted some to ask if the federal agents used excessive force.

Watch Need to Know, Fri., April 20, 2012: Crossing the line on PBS. See more from Need To Know.