Being Detained Part 3
While the Agent is having this consensual conversation
with you you are -- essentially -- detained. You and your
vehicle cannot leave. It is very important that you do not attempt
Leaving the Agent without his permission will almost
certainly be met with what is called in the vernacular of the
profession a "Dynamic Apprehension". We civilians might call it
….. a chase and a tackle.
The problem with a Dynamic Apprehension is that
one or more of you will fall to the ground and or bounce off of
various hard objects like walls, cars, the sidewalk or rocks and
bushes if perpetrated in more suburban areas.
This fall almost certainly will be with you -- the
illegal / the uncooperatve -- on the bottom and with the usually
larger more athletically inclined Agent on top. If somehow you
wind up on top then things can get very energetic and the mysteries
of your life may be found in your autopsy report.
It does not matter what YOU think is going on. It
only matters what the Border Patrol Agent thinks is going on.
In addition, people sitting at home who have never been in trouble
with the law or have never dealt with violent criminals have no
idea what violent things can happen.
The most inspiringly pathetic report of this kind
of "culture clash" between people in the know and the
completely naieve occured in Switzerland. A Muslim fellow decided
to hijack an airplane and people died at his hands. He was captured
and convicted of murder and the hijacking of an airliner and he
received a life term in a Swiss prison. Time passes. The Swiss
in their infinite wisdom and vast experience only with Swiss criminals...
offer the murdering hijacker with a Life Sentence a weekend
pass. Now, even the most liberal American should know what
happened next. Well, it just never even occured to the
So, again, Border Patrol Agents have to deal with
the real world and not "how things should be"
and so they take "Dynamic Apprehensions" as serious
events of life and death.
Again, Border Patrol Agents have to deal with very
unpleasant people on a daily basis and have years of experience
limiting the level of potential danger to themselves and to other
It is the Agent's sworn duty to defend the borders
of the United States and to stop the illegal entry of anyone.