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U.S. Border Patrol Absolves Itself In Dozens Of Cases Of Lethal Force

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 file photo, U.S. Border Patrol vehicles come and go from a checkpoint, as teams of bor
FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 file photo, U.S. Border Patrol vehicles come and go from a checkpoint, as teams of border officers comb through the Arizona desert about 10 miles north of Mexico in search of the lone outstanding suspect in the fatal shooting of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in the rugged terrain in Rio Rico, Ariz. The shooting Tuesday night came after agents spotted suspected bandits known for targeting illegal immigrants along a violent smuggling corridor. State Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, was the sponsor of a bill that was signed into law recently that will use donated money and inmate labor to build a "secure fence" along the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed an unarmed 15-year-old Mexican boy by shooting him in the face after a rock-throwing incident on a border bridge to El Paso, Texas, in 2010 was recently cleared of wrongdoing by the agency’s internal affairs office.

So was a Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a 17-year-old Mexican who threw rocks from the Mexican side of the border fence near Nogales, Ariz., in 2011.

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