Former Navy SEAL’s Jog Near Border Fence Ends in Legal War With Border Patrol Agent
On an August afternoon in 2014, Alton Jones decided to leave behind his wife and 6-year-old son playing on the sand at Border Field State Park to go for a quick jog near the fence dividing the United States and Mexico.
The jaunt ended in a violent confrontation between the former Navy SEAL and Border Patrol agents, a night in a holding cell and dueling lawsuits being fought in federal court in San Diego.
Jones, 57, filed his lawsuit last summer, alleging excessive use of force, violation of free speech, false imprisonment, battery by a peace officer, negligence and violation of the federal public records act, among other claims.
The lawsuits paint wildly different accounts of what occurred at the border fence on Aug. 9, 2014.