September 13, 2017

Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Arrests Made in Newark Liberty CBP Hazing & Sexual Assault Investigation

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman released the following statement on reports that 3 Customs and Border Protection officers were arrested following an investigation into extreme hazing and sexual assault allegations:

“In May, upon learning of these allegations, I asked leadership at Customs & Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security to take swift and necessary action to get to the bottom of this issue - I commend CBP for doing just that.

Beyond the outcome of this specific incident we need to work diligently to ensure that CBP and DHS leadership take the steps necessary to eliminate abuse and other inappropriate conduct issues within the agency. It is imperative the men and women who help keep our nation secure can do their jobs safely and with dignity and that they are held to the highest legal, ethical and professional standards.”