ACLU accuses Border Patrol of abuse

The Border Patrol is under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union.

- The Border Patrol is under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU accuses the agency of racial profiling and abuse at checkpoints in Arizona.

Lawyers for the ACLU sued the Border Patrol for thousands of documents, and they are sharing what they discovered. They claim the records reveal a disturbing pattern of abuse.

Back in 2014, FOX 10 followed Arivaca resident Carlota Ray to the immigration checkpoint outside of her Arizona town.

She says the stop always made her feel uneasy.

Now the ACLU attorneys say the documents reveal major abuses at the interior checkpoints including unjust searches, racial profiling, and that most of those arrested are US Citizens.

"They are really used to harass and abuse residents of those communities, and that's really unacceptable," said Victoria Lopez with the ACLU.

The ACLU report details dozens of cases. In one, agents allegedly assaulted a driver for recording at a checkpoint. In total, they reviewed 142 complaints, and in only one did the agent face any disciplinary action which was of a one-day suspension.

"It appeared that the reason that particular person was disciplined was that the person pulled over was the son of another Border Patrol employee," said Lopez.

Customs and Border Protection declined a request for comment. The ACLU said they hope the records spark others to speak up about any problems at the checkpoints.


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