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Border agents' use of firearms declines after new guidelines adopted
Border agents' use of firearms declines after new guidelines adopted

Border Patrol agents have used firearms and other weapons less frequently in recent months on the often-violent Southwest border after implementation of guidelines aimed at curbing abuses, officials said Wednesday. R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the agency had logged 385 use-of-force reports since Oct. 1, the start of the federal fiscal year, which he said was nearly 30% less than a year ago. Although the rate is still about two a day, it marks a potential turning point for the long-troubled Border Patrol. The force has faced growing criticism for agents shooting unarmed people, sometimes across the border in Mexico, usually in response to...

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