January 6, 1989
San Diego police and U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed two suspected bandits and wounded two others after they allegedly tried to rob the lawmen in a canyon, authorities said. Police Sgt. Nate Caplan said that the officers involved in the shooting were members of the Border Crimes Prevention Unit, a joint police-Border Patrol unit that patrols canyons infested with Mexican bandits who prey on illegal aliens slipping into the United States.
April 16, 1987
San Diego Municipal Judge Frederic L. Link dismissed defense motions to exclude the press and public from the preliminary hearing for Craig Peyer, the California Highway Patrol officer charged with murdering college student Cara Knott, and to delay the hearing for two weeks, brushing aside arguments that publicity could prevent Peyer from getting a fair trial.
May 23, 1989
San Diego police say they plan to redeploy a controversial anti-crime squad along the U.S.-Mexico border more than four months after the unit was taken out of action after a shooting that left two Mexican men dead and sparked protests. However, police said they will institute several major changes in the unit, and will begin operations without members of the U.S. Border Patrol, whose officers had participated in the unique squad for five years until it was put on hold for "evaluation" after the shootings.
February 15, 1991 |
The U.S. Border Patrol has recommended disciplinary action--possibly including a suspension--against an agent who last May fired his service handgun into the back of a van filled with illegal aliens, wounding an El Salvadoran woman, 24, and a Mexican boy, 16. Authorities have determined that the agent violated patrol guidelines and should be subject to administrative penalties, which could range from a written reprimand to firing, said Ted Swofford, supervisory patrol agent in San Diego.
September 20, 1989 |
The Mexican Embassy has filed a complaint with the U.S. State Department, asking for an investigation of two border incidents last month in which one Mexican youth was run over and killed by a Border Patrol vehicle and another was shot and wounded by a Border Patrol agent.
January 25, 1989 |
The FBI has launched an inquiry into the deaths of two Mexican citizens who were shot earlier this month by members of a special anti-crime squad consisting of San Diego policemen and U.S. Border Patrol officers. Robert Watkins, an FBI spokesman in San Diego, confirmed that the agency had begun a preliminary inquiry into possible civil rights violations in connection with the shootings, which have focused public scrutiny on the operations of the Border Crime Prevention Unit.