Back in 2010 and 2011, I posted several articles regarding a decorated military field grade officer who was illegally detained and harassed by armed Border Patrol agents at an internal CBP checkpoint near Uvalde, Texas. During that encounter, the military officer was not only illegally detained and harassed at the checkpoint but was also harassed at work when agents called his military command regarding the encounter and when the Chief Patrol Agent for the Del Rio Sector, Robert L. Harris, wrote a letter of complaint to his commanding officer months after the fact.
In response to the actions of CBP agents during that encounter, Major Richard Rynearson filed suit against Customs and Border Protection for the violation of his rights in 2012. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Del Rio dismissed the lawsuit earlier this year. Also unsurprisingly, the judge who ordered the dismissal did so before discovery commenced on the specious grounds that Major Rynearson was essentially responsible for his own extended detention and harassment.
Undeterred by the ruling, Major Rynearson has decided to appeal the dismissal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
A good discussion and extensive legal documentation associated with the lawsuit is available at Veterans Against Police Abuse. To date, Major Rynearson has been funding this lawsuit out of his own pocket. Given the fact that this will be an extended battle however, he's now accepting donations to help offset the legal costs involved. Checkpoint USA will be donating to the lawsuit and encourages others, who are able, to do so as well. This is an important case regarding the extent of arbitrary Border Patrol agent authority at suspicionless internal checkpoints. It deserves to see the light of day via a thorough judicial review instead of being swept under the rug by those who merely pay lip service to the concept of federal transparency and accountability.
For previous Roadblock Revelations articles regarding this incident, see:
Also, copblock.org has an article on this story at:
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