we can live forever this is "nightline." >> tonight, they protect our borders but at what cost? after complaints of excessive fierce, it's the new improved border patrol with body cams. state-of-the-art training. and a new appreciation of what being on the other side of 50,000 volts means. plus models of the midwest. the hunt is on for the world's next supermodel. >> i hope to hear from you! >> after finding carly clos in a missouri mall and ashton curb kutcher in a bar, searching the midwest for the next one.
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been a more important security concern. the people tasks with doing just that recently coming under fire, force. now the agency's top performer is showing us new tools that may help protect agents, mounting cameras everywhere along the border, including on agents themselves. abc's senior national correspondent jim afly ly avila gives us training. >> reporter: you're watching the first videos ever seen outside of the government of a massive experiment by the u.s. customs and border protection along america's borders. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: for the last year border patrol agents have been testing different model body cameras. these cameras are the most controversial part of an 18-month retraining program for some 21,000 border agents, the largest federal agency to try them after a series of excessive
the beating and tasing of aun staus i don't hernandes rojas, caught on cell phone video. as he collapsed and died resisting deportation along the border in san diego. the department of justice ruled the agents broke no laws and they did not prosecute. but not in this case. 16-year-old jose rodriguez. a mexican citizen shot eight times in the shadow of the border fence that divides nogales, arizona, from nogales, mexico. the border patrol claimed he was thoughing rocks at the asian. fusion unearthed a witness who claims the boy was not involved in the rock-throwing but instead was an innocent victim. jose carlos told fusion he saw two shots from two different places and no one from thest
interview him. last month a grand jury indicted the agent involved on murder charges. his trial is scheduled for january and he has pled not guilty. the southern border communities coalition, a watchdog group, claims 40 other ditz due to excessive force by border patrol since 2010. >> the amount of executeny, attention, and frankly the lack of being able to work with the public as a result of that increased suspicion that the agents are involved in excessive force. >> reporter: reform commissioner gil kerlikowske says the shootings, all before his time on the job, harms his relationship with the community. he thinks cameras will vindicate the majority of his agents and hold accountable the overly aggressive. >> we've had almost 400 assaults on border patrol agents. almost every single one of those in the southwest border.
help your agents end violent situations? >> most of the experience with body worn cameras in law enforcement has been that it has actually exonerated an agent or an officer, because it's one additional piece of evidence about what occurred. >> reporter: the united states today spends more money on border control than ever before. more agents, more technology, more weapons. $18 billion a year, 8,700 hundred cameras watching the wall, watching the ports of entry. from helium balloons the terrain. and soon cameras on the agents themselves at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. >> there's one more, a total of five. >> i think in the long run with more cameras we'll prove that over and over again these agents treat people the way i've seen them treat people in a very humane way. we've had a relentless focus on
equipment, on training, and body-worn cameras will be a part of that. >> like this state the art simulate or at a train facility where i experience firsthand how the experience can get out of hand. >> this is a colt m-4, one of the weapons we use. this is no different than any weapon you might find in the field other than it's being converted over with the laser kit. >> reporter: first i'm confronted with a tragic movie theater active shooter scene. it requires quick response. and snap life and death judgments. in all, i managed to mistakenly shoot three civilians. >> i shot somebody bad. >> reporter: be shot at least twice myself. before finally bringing down the gunman. >> this might be a once in a career experience, but the more
we can expose them to these us. and the better for the public. >> reporter: the next scenario was more akin to the everyday work of a border patrol agent. i'm given a rock to hide behind and attempt an arrest of smugglers at the border. >> we'd look at it as cover. >> i would hide and run, you would duck and cover. >> fair enough, all right. >> reporter: border patrol agents trained with a less than lethal taser. >> tase, tase, tase! >> what did you feel your body do? >> just -- no control. you're tensed up. if it ever comes down to an encounter where i'm defending myself i'm going to use it. i know what the effects are. >> reporter: agents are also getting a new arsenal of less than lethal weapons. >> our field commanders determine what tool best works in their aor --
of nonlethal bullets, pepper sprays, chemical sprays. >> we'll launch a bunch of projectiles either on the ground or infrastructure, on top of a fence maybe getting ready to throw rocks, we can hit the top of the fence with pepper balls, disperse pepper powder in the air, makes him cough, stop, get off the fence, get back. >> reporter: in the past agents often responded to rocks with guns. leading to fatalities and lawsuits. for jose rodriguez's mom, she says another tool that could change behavior would be to punish the man who kill the her son. and now awaits trial. >> reporter: life and death on the american frontier. and the man in charge who hopes new technology will make a difference. for "nightline," i'm jim avila in mcallen, texas. up next, the hunt is on for
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it's not even thanksgiving yet but already the race is under way in new york to get ready for spring fashion week. the search is on for that next it girl or guy. but you don't have to be in new york, paris or milan to get discovered. turns out middle america is a gold mine for fresh-faced untapped modeling potential. tonight abc's mara schiavocampo takes us on the hunt for america's next supermodel. cute. >> in the blue? >> reporter: mary and jeff clark are high-fashion model scouts, combing the crowds of teeny bopper concert venues and small-town malls. >> you like her? >> yeah. >> reporter: on the hunt for >> do you model already? >> no, ma'am. >> you're so beautiful. you both are. how old are you?
>> 17. >> can i give you a card? >> reporter: with a glance they know if a girl has runway potential. >> you're so beautiful. >> thank you. >> i'd love to talk to you about it, talk to your parents, so that they know. have them go to our website. nice to meet you, i hope to hear from you. >> thank you. >> bye! >> she's at an age she could really pursue this on a bigger scale. she's absolutely beautiful. >> reporter: mary and jeff say the midwest is an untapped gold mine for supermodels in the making. >> would you be interested in modelling? >> reporter: the husband and wife team's business took off an iowa bar. yep. that's ashton kutcher. >> tell me about ashton. what stood out? >> i remember thinking he was gorgeous. really beautiful. and big personality. extremely confident. right out of the gate. i was like, whoa! yeah.
his first modeling job. selling $20 jeans for montgomery ward. and then there's supermodel carly gloss. one of the highest-paid models in the world. who they found in a missouri mall model search. >> carly at the time was 13 years old. 5'6". a few years later she'd had this major growth spurt. at that point i think she was maybe 5'9". >> three inches and you were like, yes! >> yeah. yes. >> reporter: they run their mom and pop operation out of their basement in darden prairie, missouri. >> this is our active roster of models that we have that are traveling around the world, different markets. >> yeah, probably out of those 15 -- >> probably three will work out. >> reporter: mary and jeff say their latest discovery, 20-year-old elijah harrison --
hazel crew, are on the verge of something big. >> go get it. sheep are so dumb. >> reporter: hazel still lives in iowa with her family on this 125-year-old sheep farm. for days, hazel just walked her first runway shows in paris for designers scaparelli and ralf and russo. >> you can't hold back, be that shy sheep farmer. >> reporter: hazel is on her way. elijah is about to take his first step, a trip to new york city. mary and jeff have set up a meeting with an agent, the same one who launched channing tatum's career. that's a lot of pressure for a guy they found four months ago at a gas station in hannibal, missouri. >> he walked in front of us. we both were like -- didn't really say much to each other, just jumped out of the car and went in. >> which is always the best sign.
>> yes, and we don't even have to talk. >> i noticed this guy just kind of checking me out. and i'm like, dude. what's your problem? >> he had the height, he had the really chiseled. >> i had never thought about a career in fashion or the fashion industry. >> the right person looks at him and says, i love this guy. boom. it can go like this. >> come over this way a little. >> reporter: mary and jeff are spending months of their time preparing alijah. >> be a little more relaxed. >> like that. just how you are right now. >> reporter: and investing shoots. >> it looks tense. maybe dig in deep. find something that's like, oom, know what i mean? >> reporter: with no guaranteed commission unless he gets signed in new york and starts booking work. >> he's so -- fearless. >> reporter: the stakes are high for him too. he dropped out of school and quit his job just to give
modeling a shot. >> i think we got it. >> yeah. good job. >> that's a wrap. >> yes! >> reporter: a few days later, alijah boards the second plane he's ever been on and arrives in new york for the first time. his father don by his side. >> i certainly wasn't going to let my youngster come all the way to new york city all by himself. >> i haven't traveled around too much. the biggest city i've been to is st. louis. my dream is to travel the world. this might be my first step. it is pretty overwhelming. this is so different than anything i've ever seen or been a part of. i have so many feelings going on. a little nervous. excited. anxious. like when they say it's delayed they're not kidding. >> reporter: it's time for the meeting with the agent that could change his whole life. >> let me see your hair. >> reporter: at soul art
guy he's been waiting to meet. >> my name's alijah harrison, 20 years old, from hannibal, missouri. >> reporter: he struts his stuff. >> okay, guys. >> let's go in the office. >> have a chitchat. >> the shape that you're in is perfect. so there's nothing to change. just i want to know exactly how tall you are and get you going with testing. we definitely want to sign you. >> right on. >> cool. >> congratulations. >> yeah, thanks. >> cool. >> welcome. >> thank you. >> the trajectory that alijah harrison could have would be shows for either versace, calvin klein, louis vuitton, tommy hilfiger would be interested in the states. >> it's like a dream. >> it was just a sweet moment. those are the moments that you don't forget. that's why we love what we do. >> reporter: it's just the beginning for alijah. but for mary and jeff they're
>> in the back of your mind you are thinking, when's the next scouting trip? even right now on my watch it says, taylor swift, denver. we're always thinking of where we're going to find the next person. >> yeah. >> reporter: for "nightline," mara schiavocampo in new york. >> since getting signed in new york alijah has booked a major campaign with a european designer. a major win for america's hottest dancing couple. why bindi irwin is now going back to the family business. how else do you think he gets around so fast? take the reins this holiday and get the mercedes-benz
america's just crowned its new dancing queen. and king. bindi irwin and derek hough are the newest champions of "dancing with the stars" taking home the coveted mirror ball trophy. bindi is already choreographing her next challenge and her crocodile hunter dad would be proud. here's abc's nick watt. >> bindi and derek! >> reporter: a 17-year-old from the australian outback won it all. >> champions of "dancing with the stars"! >> reporter: where does bindi irwin get that spirit? her dad, the late great steve. >> oh, crikey! >> reporter: the crocodile hunt cher made steve and baby bindi household names. steve was killed by a stingray in 2006. and just before the final bindi
the day before i had to wave good-bye to my hero without knowing it would be the last time. but dad, i know you walk beside me always and your strength lives within me. i love you. >> probably two weeks after dad passed away that i said to mom, so when are we going to start filming again? >> i think that i'm able to use all of these different avenues to spread my message. message. >> every time we lose an animal species, it's kind of like losing a brick from the house. pretty soon the house falls down. >> reporter: bindi will hang up the high heels and pull back on a pair of muddy boots, helping mom run the world-famous australia zoo. >> we're the busiest wildlife hospital on planet earth. >> reporter: they've rescued and past 10 years. globally. helping animals like rhinos in kenya, tigers in sumatra, we work with elephants in cambodia.
it's a phenomenal project. >> is there going to be a day youvictory? >> it's kind of one of those things where you wake up and say, that's it, i've saved the world, now i'm going to be an astronaut. >> or pro dancer. >> a pro dancer, exactly. >> thank you for changing my life! >> reporter: queen of the outback, now queen of the dance floor. i'm nick watt for "nightline," los angeles. >> our hearty congratulations. thanks for watching abc news. "world news now" is coming up soon with overnight breaking news. tune into "good morning america" tomorrow. as always we're online at abcnews.com. good night, america, heather: breaking tonight, new protests in chicago and the plan to disrupt black friday. ed: the travel alert for the holiday amid growing fears of a terror attack.