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CALIFORNIA IN BRIEF : ORANGE : Border Patrol Says Raid Wasn’t Abusive

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

An internal review by the U.S. Border Patrol into allegations of abuse surrounding the recent roundup of 216 illegal immigrants in Orange has concluded that agents “acted in good faith, and their conduct was within the bounds of law,” a spokesman said. The probe into last week’s immigrant raid, which began on Chapman Avenue in Orange and spilled over into a neighboring apartment complex, included interviews with 19 Border Patrol agents, city of Orange police, city code enforcement officers and other officials who also were present. However, Border Patrol spokesman Steven Keen said neighbors and residents at the complex were never questioned, despite widespread complaints from some in the neighborhood about their treatment during the sweep. Latino activists have accused federal agents of using “storm-trooper” tactics. They allegedly kicked doors, broke a window, and unlawfully entered apartments searching for illegal immigrants.


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