The scathing assessment by the Homeland Security Advisory Council, an independent group that reports to Johnson, also is the latest to slam the Border Patrol for lack of accountability for hundreds of shootings by agents.It calls for new rules to bar Border Patrol agents from shooting people who are unarmed or who don’t present a deadly threat. It also urges officials to revise policies to emphasize that the “overarching responsibility is to preserve human life” and to specifically restrict agents from shooting at moving vehicles and people throwing rocks or other objects.The Los Angeles Times reported last year that some Border Patrol agents stepped in front of cars to justify shooting at drivers, and had opened fire on people throwing rocks from across the border in Mexico when agents could have moved out of harm’s way.
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