The U.S. Border Patrol is one of the country's largest law enforcement agencies, with 21,000 agents. It has faced recent scrutiny not only for multiple incidents concerning its use of force, but also its lack of transparency in handling those cases.
When R. Gil Kerlikowske became commissioner of Customs and Border Protection — which oversees the Border Patrol — in March 2014, he promised a new culture of openness.
He has largely delivered on that pledge, directing sector chiefs and their communications staffs to issue a statement within 12 hours of an agent's use of lethal force.
Still, it took several days earlier this year for the Border Patrol to tell...