Video may record border agents’ actions as complaints rise


The federal agency that oversees the U.S. borders said Wednesday it will begin testing the use of video cameras, possibly on agents’ and officers’ uniforms, as the Obama administration tries to get a handle on complaints about excessive use of force.

In a two-page white paper, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the video cameras, along with other technology and a new incident reporting system, not only will reduce the number of incidents where force is used, but also protect officers and agents from false accusations.

“CBP is committed to ensuring that the use of force by our agents and officers, who put their lives on the line every day, is appropriate and consistent with applicable laws, agency standards and procedures,” acting agency Commissioner Thomas Winkowski said in a statement touting the new rules.