I’m still waiting for the day when all the “obey every single law at any cost” people demand that the as yet unnamed agent be handed over to the Mexican police so that he may receive his just punishment. It doesn’t matter how angry it makes him that he can’t shoot people on the other side of the border (even if they are drug smugglers!) it is the law. And he apparently broke it.
An official story soon came out. The Border Patrol claimed that reports of the incident indicated U.S. officers on bicycle patrol “were assaulted with rocks by an unknown number of people.” Border Patrol and other government officials claimed that their agent was surrounded by a rock-throwing mob and that the agent was attacked and stoned before he fired his weapon.
A video taken with a cell phone proved this account to be full of lies. CNN reported on its web-site that “a video obtained by CNN casts doubt on the Border Patrol agent’s claim that he was surrounded by rock-throwing suspected illegal immigrants when he fatally shot the boy on the border at Ciudad Juarez. … The video contradicts [FBI spokeswoman Andrea] Simmons’ account. She had said: ‘This agent, who had the second subject detained on the ground, gave verbal commands to the remaining subjects to stop and retreat. 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.’”
The video clearly shows that no one is “surrounding” the cop. He is clearly seen pointing his weapon at a group of people who are on the Mexican side of the river, which at this time of year in Juarez/El Paso is mainly dry, and 10 feet wide. Three cracks from his gun are heard.
Several vendors on a bridge overlooking the carnage also disputed the official story. Estelle Gonzalez, who sells hats on the Paso del Norte Bridge, said, “The kid wasn’t throwing rocks. He was only watching.” Another vendor, Luis Rodriguez, said, “The kid wasn’t throwing anything. Then he [the Border Patrol agent] started shooting like crazy. He fired three shots.”
All laws enforced all the time folks. Right? This man broke the law. He should be in jail awaiting justice.