American Justice Notebook

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El Paso Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Allegedly Using Excessive Force

A federal grand jury in El Paso, Texas returned a three-count indictment that was unsealed Monday, charging a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer with using excessive force, officials stated.

Miguel Delgado Jr. was indicted for deprivation of rights under color of law and falsifying a document in a federal investigation, according to authorities.

Delgado is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.



According to the indictment, Miguel Delgado Jr. used excessive force in two incidents on or about June 15, 2020, and Oct. 20, 2019, while he was on duty at the Bridge of Americas Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas.

As alleged in the indictment, both victims suffered bodily injury due to Delgado’s unlawful use of force.

The indictment also charges Delgado with including false statements in a report about one of the incidents.

If convicted, Delgado faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each of the use of force incidents and a maximum of 20 years in prison for submitting a false report about one of the incidents.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia Aguayo for the Western District of Texas and Trial Attorney Olimpia Michel of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section are prosecuting the case.