U.S. Border Patrol Agents Violated Law

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Violated Law

Pictured above: Some of the uniformed U.S. Border Patrol agents at political meeting in Douglas, Arizona. (Seated are Rep. Gabriel Giffords, D-AZ, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-MS, and U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector Chief Victor Manjarrez Jr.)

Uniformed Officers Attended Political Meeting Glenn Spencer -- America Patrol Report -- July 11

Rep. Gabriel Giffords, D-AZ, held a town hall meeting in Douglas last Friday. Few people, except those she invited, knew about it because the public announcement didn't appear in the local newspaper until 4 minutes after midnight Friday morning. (A friend e-mailed me about it.)
I went to the meeting and said my piece.
Later that day I was talking to a lawyer about the meeting and when I said that U.S. Border Patrol agents where there, he reacted immediately. "Were they in uniform?" He asked. I told him, yes. "That's a clear violation of federal ethics, if not law," he barked. He said the Border Patrol had no jurisdiction in the City of Douglas meeting hall and that they were attending a political gathering, not an official federal government activity.
I checked on this, and sure enough, there are clear guidelines as to when uniforms should not be worn at a public meeting, and Giffords' meeting was political, not official government business.
Besides, he said, if this was a meeting to discuss the performance of the U.S. Border Patrol, many in the audience might well have been intimidated by the presence of armed, uniformed agents in their midst. "Those who wore their uniforms to this political gathering should be terminated or suspended," he said.

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7 years 40 weeks ago, 1:43 PM

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This is absolutely a big deal.. I'm sure this is a violation of Fed uniform rules and regs.. Sure is a violation of State uniform rules and regs..

It's wrong on a number of levels, not just the "intimidation" issue, but your also suggesting an endorsement of Gifford's policy by the BP staff present at the event..

Trust me this should be investigated.. I seriously doubt that termination will be the end result, and not sure it should be.. but yep its wrong, and one of those sorta things that at the end of the investigation winds up costing the staff a few bucks..

I went thru a number of use of force investigations, and those that did not end in my favor..

OWEE!!.. It hurts when the State reaches in your wallet.. The usual deal is anywhere between 40- 80 hrs suspension.. Deal is you don't get the time off, 40 is taken over a month, 80 over two months.. so you wind up bringing home about 1/4 less than normal..

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.
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