by: Carrie Johnson
Two months ago, James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
At the time, authorities criticized him for not doing enough to investigate abuse and corruption.
But now Tomsheck tells a very different story: about a culture that goes out of its way to evade legal restraints.
Use of force by law enforcement agents along the Southwest border has drawn attention and criticism recently, after reports that Border Patrol agents shot and killed unarmed migrants and faced no consequences.
Since 2010, 28 people have been killed by agents and officers. Tomsheck says he believes about a quarter of the incidents are highly suspicious.
H&S and its affiliate HMG filed suit on behalf
of the family of Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza who died on September 3, 2012 on the
border between Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Laredo, Texas. Mr. Arevalo was shot by
US Border Patrol agents from a boat on the Rio Grande River. At the time of the shooting, Mr. Arevalo was
barbecuing with his family at Nuevo Laredo Park on the sandy banks of the
Mexican side of the border. He was left
to die in the arms of his young daughter as the gunmen who opened fire into the
crowd of picnickers fled the scene.