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US border inspector is accused of choking a traveler

US border inspector is accused of choking a traveler

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. border inspector has been indicted on charges of choking a traveler.

The U.S. attorney's office in San Diego says 70-year-old Customs and Border Protection Officer Harvey Booker is accused of strangling the traveler July 8 at the San Ysidro border crossing, the nation's busiest. Booker was arrested at his home on Wednesday.

The officer is charged with deprivation of rights under color of law, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. He made an initial court appearance Wednesday.

The prosecutor's office said the traveler — identified only by his initials M.N. — was injured in the attack.

It is unclear if Booker has an attorney.


Updated : 2021-01-20 12:56 GMT+08:00