April 15, 2024
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A former U.S. Customs and Border Safety officer who threw a girl into the door of a major inspection sales space on the San Ysidro Port of Entry was sentenced Monday to 4 months in jail.

Andre Maurice Chevalier pleaded responsible to a federal misdemeanor for pulling the girl out of a automobile on April 23, 2022, and shoving her into the sales space — the place she struck her face in opposition to the nook of the sales space’s open door — then later pushing her in opposition to the aspect of her automobile.

Prosecutors stated the incident brought on “vital accidents to her face” and described her in court docket paperwork as round 5 toes tall and weighing round 120 kilos, whereas Chevalier was described as 6 toes tall and weighing round 200 kilos.

Alongside along with his plea final yr to a depend of deprivation of rights underneath shade of legislation, Chevalier resigned from CBP and agreed to not search employment with any federal legislation enforcement company.

In keeping with the prosecution’s sentencing paperwork, Chevalier was beforehand employed at two different Southern California legislation enforcement companies and was fired from a type of companies shortly after two use-of-force incidents.

Prosecutors stated Chevalier was a public security officer with the Twenty-9 Palms Band of Mission Indians, however was fired after the 2 incidents, which happened in Could of 2011.

“Twenty-9 Palms characterised his separation as an ‘involuntary resignation’ and famous his ‘extraordinarily poor customer support/poor judgment,’” in keeping with the prosecution’s sentencing memo.

Previous to his employment with Twenty-9 Palms, Chevalier was with the Indio Police Division in jap Riverside County from 2003 to 2007. Prosecutors stated his employment information with IPD have been purged, however the division confirmed that Chevalier was “launched on probation.”

Chevalier’s protection legal professional, Richard L. Pinckard, stated in his sentencing memorandum that the sufferer “was deliberately and provocatively noncompliant from the second she entered the US.”

Courtroom paperwork state the girl — recognized in court docket paperwork as Y.F. — had traveled along with her brother to Tijuana to go to their mom, and was returning to the US.

On the port of entry, Y.F. was requested to point out her immigration paperwork to CBP, which she had not beforehand been required to do. Prosecutors wrote that this was a brand new coverage enacted due to an inflow of asylum seekers on the time.

Y.F. initially refused to point out her paperwork, however after offering them, she refused to drive to secondary inspection with out getting her paperwork again.

Chevalier known as for different officers who surrounded Y.F.’s automobile, however she wouldn’t get out of her automobile, in keeping with prosecutors.

When she finally agreed to move to secondary inspection, officers had been capable of open the automobile’s doorways and Chevalier grabbed her hand, to which Y.F. stated, “Don’t contact me,” prosecutors wrote.

At that time, Chevalier “yanked Y.F.” out of the automobile and into the sales space, “driving her face into the nook of the open door of the sales space,” in keeping with prosecutors.

Pinckard argued in his sentencing memo that Chevalier “was merely making an attempt to do his job” and was not hostile or abusive in the direction of Y.F. in the course of the encounter.

Pinckard wrote that when officers had been capable of get Y.F.’s automobile’s doorways open, she “refused a number of instructions to exit” and grabbed her steering wheel in an effort to stop Chevalier from eradicating her from the automobile.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.