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CBP Officer Pleads to Rights Violation, Admits ‘Placing Hands Around Neck’ of Man At Calexico Port

CBP Officer Pleads to Rights Violation, Admits ‘Placing Hands Around Neck’ of Man At Calexico Port

A United States customs and border protection officer, Esual Bello, admitted to putting his hands around the neck and using unreasonable force on a man who didn't resist officers in 2018. The Calexico Border crossing where Mr. Bello admitted to such actions has been under scrutiny by officials. A federal court in San Diego received Mr. Bello's guilty plea as the evidence was severely against him. As part of his plea agreement, he would have to resign voluntarily from Customs and Border Protection. He also faces up to a year in prison and a fine up to $100,000 when he’s sentenced this summer.

According to court documents, The Calexico port of entry was the scene of a dramatic arrest by Mr. Bello. Prosecutors did not disclose what led to the interaction becoming violent, but at some point "Bello placed two hands around the neck of J.A. (not specifically named), who was not resisting, and shook
him,” according to court documents. According to the charge, Bello’s actions “willfully (deprived) J.A. of the right secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States to be free from unreasonable seizures, which includes the right to be free from the unreasonable use of force.” Bello was placed on administrative duty while The United States Department of Homeland Security investigated the incident. “This is a rare and troubling situation,” Robert Brewer, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, said in a news release. “We will always move swiftly to protect the public from officers who use their power to violate another person’s Constitutional rights.” Mr. Bello pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor before any charges were brought against him was not rare in this case as stated by the district attorney.

Angie Cuevas-Mason, the assistant director at DHS said she “takes any and all allegations of abuse of authority seriously,” and will take all those who abuse power to account. “The DHS OIG will continue to use its investigative resources to stop those who use their official authority to violate the rights of others,” Cuevas-Mason said.

Even as an undocumented immigrant, you have legal rights. Becoming more informed and actively aware of the protections available to you can help make certain that your rights are not violated. Our lead attorney, James A. Welcome , is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has an AVVO rating of 10.0 in immigration law. We are not afraid to represent your rights in court if they have been impeded upon by law enforcement or public defenders, you can trust our legal team to fight tirelessly on your behalf in court.

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