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Previous Las Cruces Border Officer Pleads Guilty to Obstruction Of Justice

The Justice Department today revealed that previous U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer Christopher M. Holbrook pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to blockage of justice. The charge originates from Holbrook’s falsification of a report concerning his use of force versus an individual, described as R.A.M., on March 23, 2015. At the time of the event, Holbrook, 31, was working as a CBP officer in Las Cruces. In his plea arrangement, Holbrook confessed falsifying a main file. Particularly, Holbrook incorrectly declared in his use-of-force report that when he apprehended R.A.M., R.A.M. actively withstood and tried to retreat. Holbrook even more wrongly declared that he used the very little quantity of force essential to manage R.A.M. but that he lost control and they both was up to the floor. In pleading guilty, Holbrook confessed that in reality, and as he understood at the time, he purposefully swept R.A.M.’s legs out of under him and triggered R.A.M.’s visit strike the floor. Holbrook also confessed that he falsified his use-of-force report to prevent getting in problem with CBP. Holbrook deals with an optimal sentence of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has yet to be arranged.

” Federal police officers have an undisputable responsibility to maintain the law,” stated Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division. “The accused’s illegal actions, blockage of justice, and deliberate falsification of a report, weakens the general public’s self-confidence in our criminal justice system. This Justice Department will continue to intensely prosecute such offenses of the law.”

” Law enforcement officers are accorded remarkable power to implement the law and guarantee justice. Avoiding the abuse of this authority is essential to secure the rights of our residents and to keep public rely on police,” stated U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson of the District of New Mexico. “Those who take an oath to support and safeguard the Constitution of the United States need to be held liable when they willfully breach the human’s rights of others and block justice to cover their criminal offenses.”. This case was examined by CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brock Taylor of the District of New Mexico U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office and Trial Attorney Julia Gegenheimer of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice are prosecuting the case.