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US reports sharp drop in use of force by border agents

U.S. Border Patrol agents and border inspectors used physical force far less frequently in the last year compared with previous years, even as the number of assaults on authorities rose, according to figures released Tuesday. The numbers come amid intense scrutiny from critics who say Border Patrol agents and inspectors who work at ports of entry have been too quick to draw guns and other weapons. Some advocacy groups welcomed the data as a step toward increased transparency but also called for additional measures. Customs and Border Protection reported 768 incidents in which authorities used force during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, down about 26 percent from 1,037 incidents the...