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“This is going to get big really, really fast,”

26 October 2012

There have been several recent incidents of Mexican citizens being shot by U.S. law enforcement officers firing across the border which are putting a strain on U.S.-Mexican relations (something just not reported north of the border outside of the immigration-focused media). Usually, the story from the U.S. is that the Mexicans (mostly teenagers) were throwing rocks. This latest… and I need to stress we don’t know even if the people killed were Mexicans, or even foreigners, at least didn’t cross any international boundaries. Which doesn’t make it sound any less hinkey.

The McAllen (Texas) Monitor is reporting that “A Texas Department of Public Safety sharpshooter opened fire on an evading vehicle loaded with suspected illegal immigrants, leaving at least two people dead,” along the border near LaJoya, Texas.

From what was in the updated website post  (at 10:48 PM, U.S. Central Time last night) game wardens “tried to pull over a vehicle suspected of smuggling immigrants Thursday afternoon,” and a state police helicopter was called in to aid in the pursuit.  The State Police (Department of Public Safety) opened fire on the truck, and the only thing being said is that two people are dead.

Everyone is apparently trying to keep a tight lid on this.   The head of the department, Steve McCraw only said “of course I’m aware of the situation,” and then added he was out of state, and had nothing else to say.

One unnamed law enforcement officer was quoted in the Monitor as saying “This is going to get big really, really fast…You have a law enforcement official shooting at an unarmed alien. This is not an excuse for deadly force.”

At least, unlike several other recent incidents, the killings were inside the United States.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. locojhon permalink
    26 October 2012 7:07 am

    The un-named law-enforcement officer must have been from Mexico if he thought the incident would “get big, really, really fast”.
    So far, I haven’t seen or heard one word about it on any of the US msm news.
    Had it occurred in Mexico, with gringos murdered by Mexican forces, it would be headline news on page one.
    Murders committed by US forces, whether on the border with Mexico, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya or any of the other nations in which we kill with impunity, are hidden by the same news outlets whose responsibility is to report such atrocities.
    Perhaps one of the reasons you report and reside from/in Mexico, perhaps?

  2. 26 October 2012 7:22 am

    Rocks thrown from Mexican teenagers from their side of the border or either side, do not deserve a return blast of gunfire at 1000 feet per second. American border patrol officers can easily equip themselves with bullet proof helmets and plexiglass face guards!!

  3. 27 October 2012 1:53 am

    The two killed were Guatemalans. They were both shot, not killed in the accident. The sniper said he was trying to disable the truck. A truck with 8 unarmed people aboard. The sadly misnamed Texas Department of Public Safety trooper felt like fast driving was justification for murdering people from the air.

    This is being covered the by US news. Richard just had a really early take on it. News is getting out and the Guatemalan Consulate is demanding answers.

    How could there be any answers from purty hair Perry? Nothing but wind whistling between his ears.

    Aside from the utter insanity of opening fire on a pickup truck full of people, the sniper is either unqualified for his job (poor shot, hitting passengers instead of the engine) or a liar. Anyone taking bets on “both?”

  4. 27 October 2012 1:57 am

    An expert on police chases said the decision to fire on the truck was “a reckless act” that served “no legitimate law enforcement purpose.”

    “In 25 years following police pursuits, I hadn’t seen a situation where an officer shot a speeding vehicle from a helicopter,” said Geoffrey Alpert, professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina. Such action would be reasonable only if “you know for sure the person driving the car deserves to die and that there are no other occupants.”

  5. 31 October 2012 10:44 pm

    Hidalgo County, TX District Attorney is taking the shooting case to a Grand Jury. He has also asked that the “Texas Dept of Public Safety” suspend their policy of shooting from the air without provocation, particularly in areas transitioning from rural to suburban.;_ylt=Aub1xfOBu_VqABtmanoEK1QJVux_;_ylu=X3oDMTIyMWNuNmU1BG1pdANBVFQgSG9tZSBXaWRnZXRyb24gVGVzdCAxBHBvcwMyNQRzZWMDTWVkaWFBdHRXaWRnZXRyb25Bc3NlbWJseQ–;_ylg=X3oDMTFpNzk0NjhtBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3

  6. 1 November 2012 2:49 pm

    Texas trooper in chopper shooting returns to work – administrative duties only. No shooting for a while.

    Group demands Texas chopper shooting investigation – ACLU says, “If the facts as reported are true, this use of deadly force was illegal and unconstitutional.”

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