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Thursday, June 23, 2011

While Policing Border, Rock Thrower Is Shot And Killed--In The US

I wrote a few days ago that like Israel, the US has had to deal with illegal tunnels crossing the border from Mexico

Now we find that Israel does not have a monopoly on rock throwers either:
The fatal shooting of an illegal Mexican immigrant in the head for throwing rocks at a U.S. Border Patrol agent was justified, U.S. authorities said.


A border patrol officer who killed 40-year-old Jose Yanez Reyes at the San Diego border with Tijuana, Mexico, acted in self-defense, the authorities said, arguing that rock attacks have resulted in disabling injuries to agents.

"Agents don't shoot their weapon unless they fear for their lives or the lives of their partners or innocent third persons," Justin De La Torre, an acting assistant chief patrol agent in San Diego, told the Los Angeles Times.
This sounds like just the thing you hear about happening in Israel.
And so is the response:
But the Mexican government and immigrant-rights groups, who have long protested what they consider excessive tactics by Border Patrol agents, condemned the Tuesday evening shooting, which knocked Reyes off a border fence and back into Mexico.

"We simply cannot allow our law-enforcement agents to use lethal force when confronted with rock throwers," said Kevin Keenan, executive director of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, told the newspaper."
Maybe at some point the US will become more sympathetic to the problems that Israel is facing.
But probably not for the next year and a half to 5 and a half years.

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