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Border Patrol Rep: Shootings in Line of Duty 'Exceedingly Rare'

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 07:15 PM

A handful of off-duty arrests for suspected criminal behavior, and the rare instance of deadly force being used in the field, do not add up to a crisis for the U.S. Border Patrol, a union representative for the 21,000-member force told Newsmax TV on Wedensday.

Shawn Moran, vice president and spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, defended his colleagues on "MidPoint" with host Ed Berliner as professionals who do a difficult job lawfully.

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"In any profession, you're going to have people that don't perform as well as others, and law enforcement is no different," said Moran. 

He said the federal government has stepped up its screening of Border Patrol applicants, who now undergo polygraph tests, after background checks on would-be agents had been "curtailed" in previous years.

"Now, you do not get this job without having a proper background investigation done," sad Moran. "I'm not a fan of polygraphs, but I will say that the agency is using polygraphs to screen applicants."

In a year when illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border have reached crisis levels, Border Patrol agents are also facing new scrutiny for on-the-job shootings and arrests in off-duty criminal incidents.

Moran said the criticism is overwrought. 

"If you were to listen to special interest groups like the ACLU, it would sound like border patrol agents are shooting every other person that they come in contact with, when the truth is something completely different," he said.

Moran said that Border Patrol agents use deadly force in "less than 1,000th of 1 percent" of encounters where they attempt to make an apprehension.

"So it is exceedingly rare," he said. "I can't think of a profession other than law enforcement where you have that kind of professionalism and you have those kind of odds."

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A handful of off-duty arrests for suspected criminal behavior, and the rare instance of deadly force being used in the field, do not add up to a crisis for the U.S. Border Patrol, a union representative for the 21,000-member force told Newsmax TV on Wedensday.
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