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ACLU files complaint against Border Patrol in Arizona

In this April 5, 2007 file photo, a group of new Border Patrol agents run with their instructor at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M. A Sept. 17, 2013 report says a surge in Border Patrol agents hasn't impaired their use-of-force training but that the Department of Homeland Security needs to better track excessive force allegations. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

In this April 5, 2007 file photo, a group of new Border Patrol agents run with their instructor at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M. A Sept. 17, 2013 report says a surge in Border Patrol agents hasn’t impaired their use-of-force training but that the Department of Homeland Security needs to better track excessive force allegations. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a federal government probe into allegations of constitutional rights violations by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona.

In a letter sent Wednesday to the Department of Homeland Security, the ACLU cites five cases in which the group says U.S. citizens were subject to illegal searches, detentions and excessive force.

The group is asking for an investigation into the individual complaints as well as a comprehensive review of Border Patrol policies.

The complaint comes two weeks after the federal government settled an ACLU lawsuit filed over similar allegations in Washington state.

While admitting no wrongdoing in that case, Border Patrol agreed to retrain agents, among other things.

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  1. Vigdis Antonie Olaussen

    Dear News

    I am form Norway, I am not sure where to surch, can you help me out, to find one men he Works into the border patrol in 1995 around that time, I was into a trip in Canada and we drive to USA, and we stopped at the border patrol a little one driving under a bridge, from Toronto. a man was working there and I want to say thanks for his way of behaving to me at the passcontrol. and might he knows to find the other person I seek whee that is Steven Adams at the Northen Command US military as a trainee. I hvae something that belongs to him, Please help me out to find them. and please hurry I have search in many years. US Military does never answering me, whatever the outfall at the search can Yuo please answering me.

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