This case had caused a stir in the country and beyond. Photos had shown mounted border guards pushing back migrants near Del Rio, Texas on the border with Mexico.
In one shot, an officer on horseback grabbed a man by his t-shirt. In another, he held a group at bay by twirling his reins in a threatening posture.
Despite initial appearances, after careful review and analysis of videos, photos and witness accountsthe investigators did not find
no evidence that the border guards involved hit migrants with their reins, intentionally or notaffirmed at a press conference Chris Magnus, the head of the border police, presenting the conclusions of the investigation.
an agent acted unprofessionally by shouting insulting and offensive comments regarding the origin of a migrant, he added.
The same officer acted dangerously by forcing his horse to maneuver very close to a small childhe said again, citing several other failures.
Several agents tried to push the migrants back towards the river between Mexico and the United States, and the mounted units deployed had not been sufficiently trained and coordinated, he explained.
Disciplinary proceedings are underway, Magnus said.
President Joe Biden promised
consequences for the police officers involved, calling their behavior
scandalous and judging
horrible […] to see people treated this way.
At the time, thousands of migrants, the majority of them Haitians, had been camping in the area for several days in hopes of being admitted to the United States.