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Self-defense, my eye!

27 April 2007

Edmundo at ¡Para Justicia y Liberdad! had been all over this one, and has done a better job than I could, so what can I say but read Blood in the dust: Border Patrol agent guns down immigrant

Surveillance video of a deadly shooting last month of a would-be illegal migrant by a Border Patrol agent is prompting calls by the Mexican government for an investigation, although it shows the agent apparently firing in self-defense.

Self-defense from what? This type of behavior seems to be normal, recently Agent Nicholas Corbett was charged with first-degree murder of Francisco Dominguez-Rivera, of Puebla, Mexico, who was unarmed at the border in January. Corbett was also charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide. His excuse – he claimed he “feared for his life,” however, Corbett’s account didn’t match witness testimony or forensic evidence.

One thing that’s crossed my mind… back in June 2005, conservatives in this country were outraged when the Mexican government put out a historieta specifically warning border crossers NOT to toss rocks at BP agents.  Under pressure from the U.S. government, distribution of the warnings were discontinued. 

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