BP Agent Acquitted of Choking Charge

Agent Luis Fonseca was accused of choking and kneeing a man for failing to comply with orders while in custody at the Border Patrol's Imperial Beach station.

A Border Patrol agent was acquitted Friday of using excessive force against a man who was kneed and choked during a confrontation in Imperial Beach nearly two years ago.

Luis Fonseca was found not guilty of a federal charge of deprivation of rights under the color of law after less than a day of deliberations.

Fonseca, who joined the agency in 2007, was assigned to the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station at the time of the July 26, 2011, incident.

Prosecutors claimed a video clip from inside the Border Patrol station showed Fonseca using unreasonable force against Adolfo Ceja Escobar, kneeing him three times and choking him nearly unconscious.

Fonseca's attorney countered that his client relied on his training, using force when suspects don't comply with orders.

Ceja had been arrested with two other men trying to enter the United States illegally, authorities said.

Fonseca has been on unpaid leave with the Border Patrol since shortly after the encounter.


- City News Service

Nancy Croisant April 21, 2013 at 02:01 AM
I have seen some very rich border patrol agents "on the take". They are not all good guys.
Armando Arciga Jr April 21, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Whats that got to do with him getting a bogus complaint against him???
IBsharkbait April 23, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Why don't you let our Border Agents do their jobs and stop pandering to these criminal illegals? Prosecutors, don't you know that word is out in Mexico that all an illegal has to do is squawk about how they are handled here and they get a free stay, and a chance at a million dollar lawsuit. I'm sick to death of this. Isn't California screwed up enough without you spending our tax money to prosecute good Border Agents? Consider the source of these complaints...they are criminals and you waste our money and ruin agents lives with these rediculous charges. For shame. I am utterly disgusted.
IBsharkbait April 23, 2013 at 06:26 PM
You are a moron.
IBsharkbait April 23, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I hope you're prepared to stem the flood of criminals and drug dealers all by yourself when Border Agents become scarce. How would you like to work under conditions that expose you to constant harrassment from not only the public, but criminals with something to gain, as well. You have no idea what they face each and every day. They are there to protect YOU. Wake up.


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