ACLU New Mexico and ACLU Texas Issue Letter Urging Independent Investigations and Transparency of CBP’s Vehicle Pursuit Policy and Border Patrol’s Deadly Pursuit of a Vehicle in New Mexico

On August 25, 2021, the ACLU of New Mexico and the ACLU of Texas filed a letter with the CBP Acting Commissioner urging CBP to ensure independent investigations of an August 3, 2021 deadly vehicle pursuit by Border Patrol. Border Patrol’s vehicle pursuit resulted in two deaths and the hospitalization of eight other individuals. The letter also requested the public release of CBP’s current written vehicle pursuit policy, all training materials, and any other policy related to the August incident. Finally, the letter recommended that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General review CBP’s written policy and its implementation.

On January 11, 2023, CBP released an updated Emergency Driving and Vehicular Pursuits Directive that aligned CBP’s policy with those best practices of other law enforcement agencies in the United States. The updated policy will take effect May 2023.

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