Claiming to have fired in self defense, an American border guard on duty fatally shot a Mexican citizen trying to cross into our country. In response the U.S. Attorney General is conducting … a civil rights investigation?!
Federal officials confirmed that a civil-rights investigation was opened into the shooting of Hernández, who died on the Mexican side of the river from a bullet wound to the head.
Civil-rights investigations can look into crimes committed by law enforcement officers in the course of their duties.
The video shows an encounter that begins when a group of men try to cross a border fence near the railroad Black Bridge, just west of the Paso del Norte Bridge connecting Juárez to Downtown El Paso.
A Border Patrol agent is seen arriving on a bicycle, and rocks are allegedly being thrown at the agent while he tries to detain a man on the U.S. edge of the river. The agent is seen pointing his handgun. Three gunshots are heard.
Hernández can then be seen lying on the ground at the foot of the Black Bridge on the Mexican side of the mostly dry river. It is not shown if Hernandez was throwing rocks.
There’s no way he was in America when he was shot, and then ducked back across the border before dying. People with mortal gunshot wounds to the head aren’t exactly renowned for climbing fences or crossing rivers.
The Department of Justice should definitely investigate the shooting, since the agent may have committed a crime and/or a human rights violation. But how can Holder accuse the agent of violating the dead kid’s federal civil rights? The dead kid was not an American. He was a Mexican. In Mexico. Does 42 USC § 1983 cover him too?! Apparently our top cop learned the law from Lionel Hutz.
I move for a bad court thingy.