In a video originally posted on TikTok, an agent is seen kneeling next to a man who is down on the beach with his hands behind his back, while another agent is seen in a wetsuit. A man is seen waving a stick towards a standing man. Which is sometimes seen moving towards the agent.
Additional agents enter the scene, and one of them leads the man to the ground. Three agents are then seen scuffles on the ground with the man as they stop him.
According to US Customs and Border Protection, the incident took place near Imperial Beach at around 5:10 pm on Sunday. According to CBP spokesman Geraline Alcordo, Border Patrol agents had responded to the area to capture two migrants who had entered the US illegally by swimming around the International Border Marine Primary Fence.
“As the agents attempted to detain both migrants, the migrants actively protested and attacked the agents. During the confrontation, the agents deployed less-lethal devices,” Alcordo said.
CBP said two Mexican nationals, aged 17 and 20, were detained and taken to a nearby station for processing.
“The FBI is aware of the location of two U.S. Border Patrol agents that occurred near Imperial Beach, California on Sunday, Aug. 21, and is investigating an attack on federal officials,” an FBI spokesman told CNN.
The spokesman said the FBI will review the incident and determine what the federal response is.
The Washington Examiner first reported the FBI investigation into the controversy.
In fiscal year 2022, which ends on 30 September, Border Patrol agents have been involved in 237 incidents involving less-lethal forces. There were 258 incidents in the financial year 2021 and 265 in 2020.
CNN’s Amanda Jackson contributed to this report.