Homeland Security Agents Reveal Illegal 'Shotgunning' PracticeSubmitted by lastmovement on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 16:18
A few days after I was illegally stopped by a Homeland Security roving patrol late at night along SR86 in Southern Arizona, the news article appearing below was published in the Arizona Daily Star. The article discusses two Border Patrol agents who are suing the Department of Homeland Security for retaliating against them. The agents publicly revealed information regarding an often practiced but illegal enforcement technique known as ’shotgunning’ by other DHS agents.
According to the whistleblowers, ’shotgunning’ occurs when agents on Roving Patrol stop vehicles absent reasonable suspicion and make up an excuse for the stop after the fact. This practice is illegal because agents are required to have reasonable suspicion BEFORE initiating a stop, not after.
Of course many of us who live within one hundred miles of the Southern border have been aware of this common intimidation tactic utilized by Homeland Security agents for years.
I was the target of just such an illegal stop on May 14th and blogged about it here. Additionally, a video of the incident is available on YouTube below: