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Teen Shot By BP Had Smuggling Arrests

Another Friday evening news dump from the Associated Press:

Teen shot by Border Patrol had smuggling arrests

By Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 25, 2010

EL PASO, Texas – A 15-year-old Mexican boy shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent was among El Paso’s most wanted juvenile immigrant smugglers, according to federal arrest records reviewed by The Associated Press.

The records show Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka had been arrested at least four times since 2008 and twice in the same week in February 2009 on suspicion of smuggling illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border. Hernandez was repeatedly arrested along the U.S. side of the border near downtown El Paso, not far from where he was killed, but was never charged with a crime by federal persecutors.

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed Hernandez June 7 while trying to arrest illegal immigrants crossing the muddy bed of the Rio Grande. Some witnesses said a group of people on the Mexican side were throwing rocks at the agents. Agents are generally permitted to use lethal force against rock throwers.

The records show that in at least one case Hernandez was to be paid $50 a person for smuggling four people into the U.S.

The records also show that in one case, federal prosecutors declined to charge Hernandez because there were no "extenuating circumstances or endangerment." …

Mexican authorities have called the killing a murder and some demanded that the agent be extradited to Mexico to face criminal charges. U.S. officials have said that is highly unlikely.

A grainy cell phone video capturing the shooting shows several illegal immigrants trying to scramble back to Mexico after a bicycle-mounted Border Patrol agent arrives in the riverbed. The agent detains one man on the U.S. side of the border and fires two audible shots toward Mexico after putting the man on the ground. The video shows what appears to be a body underneath a nearby railroad bridge spanning the border.

Border Patrol officials have said the agent told the rock throwers to stop and back off, but they persisted and he fired several times.

A federal official familiar with the investigation said Friday there is evidence that Hernandez was throwing rocks at the agent at the time of the shooting. The official, who has been briefed on the case and reviewed some evidence, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak about the case publicly…

Somehow we suspect that this information will never get the coverage that the original shooting did.

Why is that?

(Thanks to Melly for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Teen Shot By BP Had Smuggling Arrests”

  1. canary says:

    The media in my state is getting worse about leaving out Mexican gangs, rapists, & murderers are illegal.
    They tell you to watch for a bank robber with a scar, but won’t mention the color of their skin, and eventually will note the person’s color of the skin, which would narrow down who to look out for.
    There will be a page of photos of Mexicans caught, but no note they are illegal.

    My town went back to hiring Mexicans, and the gang thuggery hasn’t made them stop. Soon as before they will stab or kill someone, then the city officials will say they did not know the illegals used fake ID’s.
    Uninsured illegal motorists are skyrocketing costs in the state.

    The Republicans rode with the pro-illegals, and it heavily started a lot with Bush, McCain, appeasing illegals for votes.
    Perhaps they know the illegals find a way to vote. But, the people want something done.

    Speaking of the devil I was just interrupted by a knock at my door and saw a ‘spanish’ man with a plastic container exposing his green cash filling it. The elderly always open their doors when I tell them not to. I’ve got the children on block to where they stop playing and go inside. Period.

  2. canary says:

    Is that the same Mexican authorities that have the 2 & 3 year olds picking marijuana plants and doing manual labor, while strong manly 15 year old’s
    go around killing and “sew the faces of rivals on soccer balls” or drop off heads in the roads.

    Oh. And that’s another thing, why has the media and politicians quit pointing out the muslim converts in Mexico threatening to bring anthrax into the U.S.

    Have a little ole swine flu? Come on in where Obama will treat you for free, at the cost of our elderly & unborn.

  3. JohnMG says:

    So he was fifteen years old when they punched his ticket, but he was arrested in ’09 and ’08 which would have made him thirteen years old and already an accomplished lawbreaker.

    Y’all know what? I don’t care. Shoot some more. Shoot scores of them. Deputize every Amreican on the border and arm them with full-auto weapons. Then declare open season. Pay bountys!

    If anybody thinks this is extreme I suggest they try throwing rocks at the Mexican authorities while sneaking into their country and see what happens. Although why anybody would want to sneak into that shit-hole is beyond me.

    Wake up, folks. We’re at war on our own border and out ‘president’ is playing for the other team. When this continues unchecked, nobody will like what comes next!

  4. Chuckk says:

    Strange. I thought he was an innocent victim of the blood thirsy Border Patrol.

  5. canary says:

    Mexican teen & companions should be charge with attempted murder as “stoning to death” is form of murder. According to Spanish Supreme Justice Sotomayor, she outlawed 2 sticks connected by a rope, as the sticks were a deadly weapon.

    Was he a muslim? Noticed the photo of the 15 yr old Mexican wearing a veil covering on his head. Nice touch to show the gun & beer bottle set on top of him in the casket.

  6. beautyofreason says:

    A boy died. That’s all we should think about. And he was shot by those racist border men. Surely, the only way to remember the victim is to allow open borders for all Mexican drug lords, smugglers, and border mothers so they can freely travel over their “continent,” which is only fair because they are “indigenous” persons of Spanish and mestizo descent. Throw in free schooling and health care, too. Anything less is simply racist.

    Let’s forget that the victim was a teenager and participating in human smuggling, and he tried to throw stones at the man with the gun, and that Mexican immigration enforcement has shot people for less.

    All that matters is those Americans gringos should be punished for their intolerance.

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