SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have released a surveillance video that was used in a case against a Border Patrol agent who was acquitted last month by a jury of a charge of choking a migrant.
A judge on Thursday ordered the U.S. Attorney's office to release the footage in response to a petition by news organizations, including The Associated Press.
Border Patrol agent Luis Fonseca is seen kneeing Adolfo Ceja in the thigh at a station in Imperial Beach in 2011, shortly after his arrest on suspicion of entering the country illegally. Ceja then kneels down. Fonseca hovers over him, pushing down on Ceja with Fonseca's back facing the camera.
The migrant collapses and gets back up seconds later.
The defense said Fonseca adhered to his training.