I’m sorry for the loss of the boy’s life in yesterday’s incident with the US Border Patrol. I can’t speak to the facts of what just happened, but consider this ABC News video from a couple of years ago when you hear the claims that our Border Agents used disproportionate force.
This description of the current incident seems very familiar after watching that video.
Monday night’s incident started when Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents responded to a report of a group of suspected illegal immigrants being smuggled across the border, FBI Special Agent Andrea Simmons said.
After one suspect was detained. “Another agent arrived on his bicycle along the cement apron that forms the riverbank on the U.S. side,” Simmons said in a release. “That agent detained a second subject, Augustin Alcaraz Reyes, but other subjects ran into Mexico and began to throw rocks at the agent.
“This agent, who had the second subject detained on the ground, gave verbal commands to the remaining subjects to stop and retreat,” Simmons said. “However, the subjects surrounded the agent and continued to throw rocks at him. The agent then fired his service weapon several times, striking one subject who later died.”
Perhaps it is time for the Mexican government to start taking care of their side of the border so no more kids lose their lives.