TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – A widely seen video last week showed two suspected drug smugglers rapidly climbing a border fence into Arizona as three Border Patrol vehicles stood nearby, raising questions about when and how agents are supposed to respond.
The video was captured by a Mexican journalist who happened to be reporting from Nogales, Arizona. A different video captured on an infrared camera by the Border Patrol reveals that the agency was watching the men even before they got to the fence.
Assistant Chief Fernando Grijalva says agents were at a tactical disadvantage and did the right thing by not responding to the incident because of the danger it posed to the reporter, cameraman and others around. Grijalva, of the Tucson Sector, says border climbers are a common occurrence and that agents have to consider their surroundings when responding.
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