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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

PRESENTE.ORG RESPONDS TO CBP’S DECISION TO DELAY BODY CAMERAS FOR BORDER AGENTS

CONTACT: media@presente.org

Nov. 12, 2015

Statement from Presente.org’s Managing Director, Matt Nelson:

"It’s outrageous that the border patrol is delaying implementing body cameras, and won't even commit to a timeframe for phasing them in," said Matt Nelson, Managing Director of Presente.org. "If properly implemented, body cameras could be an important tool in helping to ensure that border patrol agents are not able to brutalize and kill people without consequence. As we saw in the case of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, even the existence of video documenting unnecessary and brutal lethal force does not guarantee accountability for border patrol agents who abuse their power. But it does create important evidence that can be used to push for accountability. Body cameras for all CBP agents and officers should be implemented in a way that protects privacy rights, and ensures transparency and timely public access to collected video evidence. But the fact that the border patrol is dragging its feet on such a basic tool for transparency and accountability suggests that it is not seriously interested in preventing abuse and violence at the hands of its agents."

See Presente.org's campaign here: http://act.presente.org/sign/anastasiobp/

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