SELLS, Ariz. – The Border Patrol says it is investigating an incident where a native man who is seen on video being beaten by an agent of the vehicle.
The agency said Friday that the Tucson Sector is aware of the video Thursday at the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Paulo Remes, a resident of the Tohono O’odham Nation, told the Arizona Daily Star, he ran on the dirt road, because he knew that the agent would hit him. He did not elaborate.
The Border Patrol said in a statement that it was fully cooperating with the Tohono O’odham police, who are investigating.
“We emphasize honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission. We do not tolerate misconduct on or off duty and will fully cooperate with all investigations of alleged unlawful conduct by our employees,” the agency said.
Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward D. Manuel, the video is disturbing, in a statement on Friday.
Manuel does not identify Remes, but said he was a 34-year-old member of the tribe.
Manuel said the man was treated at a care center for non-life-threatening injuries.
Tohono O’odham Nation police working with the FBI and the U. S. Attorney’s Office on the investigation.
“The safety and welfare of the general public, is the Nation’s top priority, and the Nation’s leadership is monitoring this issue closely,” Manuel said.
The reservation is located along the border with Mexico. No further data were available.