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Border Patrol Tases U.S. Student, Agents Thought She Looked Nervous (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Jess Cooke, 21, was tased and taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Waddington, New York, on Thursday.

Waddington sits on the U.S. side of the St. Lawrence River across from Canada.

Cooke, who is studying criminal justice at the State University of New York at Canton, filmed the encounter on her cell phone (video below).

Cooke, an American citizen, was pulled over and detained by the agents who claimed that she looked nervous, noted the Watertown Daily Times.

Cooke refused a search of her car trunk, and was told by the agents that a drug sniffing dog was being brought to the scene.

A male agent repeatedly told Cooke in the video that she was free to leave, but that her car had to remain for the search.

Seconds after telling Cooke she could leave, the male agent told her to sit in her car or walk down the road, but then told her to stand in a specific area.

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When Cooke refused to move, he approached her, a confrontation ensued, a taser was heard discharging and Cooke screamed in pain.

Cooke told NorthCountryNow.com in an email:

I was cuffed for over an hour after being out in the Border Patrol car and then brought to the U.S. Customs station in Ogdensburg. I sat there for a good 3-4 hours and got sent home due to they couldn't figure out what charges to put on me.

Cooke claims that she suffered scrapes and cuts.

The agents didn't find anything in Cooke's car, but she is waiting to see if they charge her with any crimes related to the incident.

Cooke will graduate this weekend and was planning to join the Border Patrol, but no longer plans to do so.

The Border Patrol did not comment to NorthCountryNow.com about the incident.

According to the U.S. Supreme Court blog, the high court ruled 6-3 in April: "Absent reasonable suspicion, police extension of a traffic stop to conduct a dog sniff violates the Constitution’s shield against unreasonable seizures."

Sources: NorthCountryNow.com, Watertown Daily Times, U.S. Supreme Court Blog
Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot