Border Patrol pursuits
About the series
More than a year after a teenaged U.S. citizen died in a car chase with Border Patrol, the agency has released few answers about its role in the high speed pursuit. The teen’s death is just one among a growing number of those who have perished in chases with agents of the largest law enforcement agency in the country.
More than two-thirds of the U.S. population lives in an area enforced by Border Patrol. Their silence on this chase and others raises serious questions about how and when agents use their powers and what the public loses in the process.
inewsource spent months reporting this project, filing requests for internal documents, talking with experts and interviewing family members.
Why did agents decide to pursue Saldaña Rocha? Why did they suspect criminal activity? And why did he flee?
Residents of San Diego and Imperial counties are among the 200 million U.S. residents who live within the federal immigration enforcement zone.
Vehicle pursuits are the most common circumstances in which Border Patrol agents use force against suspects in San Diego.
For residents of Pauma Valley and Valley Center, Jesus’ death is a tragic and unfathomable loss of a young man with talent and promise.