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Agent who knocked over migrant called them 'savages'

Posted: 1:50 PM, May 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-20 20:50:21Z
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PHOENIX (AP) — Federal court records say a Border Patrol agent in Arizona sent texts calling migrants "savages" and "subhuman" the month before knocking over a Guatemalan man with his patrol vehicle.

The filings earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Tucson say Agent Matthew Bowen sent the text messages in November 2017, weeks before allegedly knocking down the Guatemalan.

Prosecutors say the messages show Bowen's "disdain for the aliens" and restrictions on how agents can apprehend migrants.

Bowen goes on trial Aug. 13 for depriving the migrant of his rights under color of law and falsifying records after the Dec. 3, 2017 incident. He has pleaded not guilty.

Tucson defense attorney Sean Chapman declined to comment on the charges.

The Border Patrol did not immediately respond to a request for reaction.