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Felony dropped against ex-agent accused of pulling over speeders

• Arizona Republic

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Comment by Terry Bressi
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Federal agents are not Arizona peace officers so there**Q**s no legitimate reason why felony charges should have been dropped against this Border Patrol agent for impersonating a police officer.

In order to be considered a peace officer in Arizona, you must be certified through AZ POST. The closest a federal agent can come is to be cross-certified by the county sheriff in the county he/she is operating in. The agent is then limited to enforcing state law insofar as it furthers his/her legitimate federal law enforcement mission.

Since enforcing local speed limits is well outside any legitimate federal law enforcement interest and there**Q**s been no mention in the news that this agent was ever cross-certified to begin with, it**Q**s pretty clear felony charges against this agent were dropped for political reasons.

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