The US Border Patrol maintained Critical Incident Teams, commonly called BPCITs, in each of their 20 sectors for decades. BPCITs are the nation's largest secret police coverup teams ever discovered. These teams were developed separately of each other and at differing times at the request of each sector chief. To date, there has been no evidence found that BPCITs were created by Washington D.C. management.
BPCITs became known when Jenn Budd came forward and blew the whistle through Southern Border Community Coalition and their investigation of the 2010 Anastasio Herenandez Rojas killing by over a dozen CBP agents. The research and information supplied by by Jenn Budd showed that each sectors' CIT unit was developed independently but with influence and insight from other sector CITs. It was common for CITs in different sectors to use different names such as Sector Evident Team (SET), Critical Incident Investigative Team (CIIT) and even Evidence Collection Team (ECT).
The first BPCIT was established in secret in the San Diego sector in 1987 during a time when the sector was experiencing a large increase in agent involved shootings. As time progressed, each sector chief called upon the San Diego CIT agents to recreate the team within their own sectors. Sector chiefs used these teams to investigate any incident they deemed newsworthy. This included all use of force cases, sexual assaults by agents, injuries, pursuit crashes and deaths, agent suicides, in custody deaths, basic traffic accidents and anything the chief believed could reflect poorly on the agency. This includes on-duty as well as off-duty cases.
There is no legal authority granted by Congress for BPCITs to exist.
Legal authority for Border Patrol agents can be found under 6 USC 211. Although this authority allows agents to enforce immigration, customs, and narcotics laws and to conduct preliminary investigations, these investigations are limited because the agency’s authorities are under 1896 series designation instead of the 1811 series of authorities that agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) holds.
1896 authorities limit the Border Patrol’s powers to “general inspections, investigation, enforcement, and compliance actions” only when they are enforcing their immigration duties at the time. Agents may make arrests outside of this scope but only if the crime is committed within their presence and they must call other agencies with those powers to make the arrest and conduct the investigation. Agents do not have legal authority to investigate any crimes outside of their authority.
The US Border Patrol is specifically not allowed to conduct investigations into themselves because they lack this authority. Local and state law enforcement agencies are given this power if the incident occurs within their jurisdiction. Federal oversight into the agency requires investigations to be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or Customs and Border Protection-Office of Professional Responsibility (CBP-OPR). Cases prior to the development of DHS and CBP in 2003 were handled by local, state, the FBI and OIG.
The US Border Patrol and its agents do not have any legal authority to investigate outside of their authorities. BPCITs were therefore illegal investigative units. They secretly and illegally acted as evidence technicians into the actions taken by their own agents both on-duty and off-duty for 35 years without the knowledge of Congress. Being the first on the scene, CIT agents often engaged in obstruction, evidence tampering, witness tampering, intimidation and threats. The evidence collected by CITs is often incomplete, tampered with and the chain of custody is rarely maintained making the evidence unusable in a court of law. There has never been any documentation or evaluation of their existence or training evaluated by a court of law, yet courts across the country, state and federal, allowed them to act as if they were legal and trained evidence technicians.
As Jenn explained, "People outside of the US Border Patrol were unaware of the BPCITs existence because we kept our Use of Force and Pursuit policies secret by claiming they were 'all enforcement sensitive.' It wasn't until after the Anastasio case that the agency released a public Use of Force manual. The main difference between the secret 2010 Use of Force Manual and the new 2014 Use of Force Manual was that Border Patrol deleted the 'law enforcement sensitive' information that ordered agents to call the sector BPCIT unit before calling outside investigators. This was how we doctored the scenes to match our narratives."
On May 3, 2022, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus ordered the BPCITs to disband 6 months after the Southern Border Communities Coalition filed their complaint. As usual, the Border Patrol will not be held accountable for all the crimes they covered up as it appears that they had CIT agents simply resign their positions and re-hired them under CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). The same agents who covered up every single serious incident in the US Border Patrol secretly and illegally for decades continues under CBP-OPR.