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Tag: Border Patrol

Border Patrol Reportedly Ordered Release of Immigrant Who Later Murdered Woman

Juan Emmanuel Razo

Juan Emmanuel Razo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol officials are accused of ordering sheriff’s deputies in Ohio to release an undocumented immigrant who then murdered a 60-year-old woman, tried to kill another woman and attempted to rape a teenage girl, the Daily Caller reports. 

Juan Razo, 35, has been charged in the murder Monday of Margaret Kastelnick.

His crime spree allegedly began Monday morning with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl, followed by shooting another woman. The spree ended in the murder of Kastelnick at her home.

Razo, who has been in the U.S. for five years, was arrested following a shootout with police.

“Emmanuel Razo was secured while we spoke with Officer Rivera of U.S. Border Patrol, who later decided not to respond to take Emmanuel Razo into custody,” a Lake County sheriff’s deputy wrote in his report, according to WKYC. “[Razo] was warned not to return to this property. We cleared.”

Over-the-Top Flirting Raises Suspicions, Leads Border Patrol to $134K Worth of Cocaine

cocaine mercedes

Cocaine found in Mercedes, via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jet-setting model thought she’d distract Border Patrol officers by flirting with them, but her actions were so over-the-top that they raised suspicions and ultimately led to her arrest.

Fox News Latino reports that they found $134,000 worth of cocaine insider the 39-year-old woman’s Mercedes at an Arizona border crossing.

Anett Pikula, 39, made officers suspicious because she was “overly talkative” during a preliminary inspection.

“Flirtation was what was going on” said Customs and Border Protection spokesman Garrett Reinhart.

A drug-sniffing dog led investigators to a secret compartment in the engine of her car, where 13 pounds of cocaine was bricked and shrink-wrapped.

“My whole life.. romance, suspense, drama, action, cartoons. Are true stories;) real life!!” she wrote on the top of her Instagram account.

Lawsuit Filed Against Border Patrol Agent over Fatal 2011 Shooting

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The controversial deadly shooting of a U.S. citizen by a Border Patrol agent in 2011 is headed to a civil trial in Douglas, Ariz. in what will be a closely watched case, the Arizona Daily Star reports. 

Carlos LaMadris was 19 when he was shot in the back while climbing a ladder back to Mexico. His family said he was peaceful and posed no risks to authorities to provoke Border Patrol Agent Lucas Tidwell.

“It’s not disputed that Tidwell shot and killed LaMadrid by four shots to his back as he was climbing the ladder propped up against the international fence,” said attorney Bill Risner. “It’s uncontradicted that Carlos did not himself use or attempted to use deadly force.”

The federal government argues the shooting was justified because the agent was under attack by rocks and he feared for his life.

No criminal charges have been filed against LaMadris.

Arizona Republic: Court Case Over Constitutional Rights of Mexican Child Needs Hashed Out

border patrol 3By Editorial Board
Arizona Republic 

Either the Constitution means something or it doesn’t.

When a U.S. cop shoots a Mexican kid through the border fence, it might be tempting to apply a more convenient standard.

But it won’t wash.

A federal judge in Tucson said the young man’s mother can take her case against a Border Patrol agent to court. She says the agent violated her son’s constitutional rights by firing through the fence and killing him on a sidewalk in Mexico.

“At its heart, this is a case alleging excessive deadly force by a U.S. Border Patrol agent standing on American soil brought before a United States Federal District Court tasked with upholding the United States Constitution,” U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins wrote.

His order lets the case go forward. It does not determine the merits of the lawsuit.

The case matters because the Border Patrol has faced repeated allegations of human rights violations, ranging from the petty to the fatal. The agency lacks transparency and accountability.

What’s more, Collins says he “respectfully disagrees” with a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that declined to extend constitutional protections to another youth shot in Mexico by U.S. agents firing across the line from Texas.

To read more click here. 

Dallas Morning News: Time to Hold Border Patrol More Accountable

border patrol 3By Editorial Board
The Dallas Morning News

Thousands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers face a difficult mission as they work daily to halt illegal immigration and drug smuggling on America’s southern frontier. But there’s no excuse for the dozens of suspicious shootings and other abuses in recent years by minimally accountable border officers.

A June 29 Homeland Security Advisory Council report calls for greater accountability by adding hundreds of internal affairs investigators to Customs and Border Protection’s 44,000-member law-enforcement staff. The report contrasts the agency’s extraordinarily high number of arrests with those of similarly sized urban police forces and concludes that the agency lacks adequate checks and balances against abuse.

It’s disconcerting that the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees U.S. Customs and Border Protection, parent agency of the Border Patrol, has waited so long to institute reforms, especially considering persistent reports of corruption and misconduct among border law enforcers.

An internal investigation identified 67 Border Patrol shooting incidents in which 19 civilians died — including an unarmed Mexican boy killed during a rock-throwing incident at the El Paso border bridge in 2010.

Other notorious cases involved a youth’s shooting death as he stood on the Mexican side of the border fence near Nogales, Ariz., and a 19-year-old American shot dead while climbing from the U.S. side of the fence into Mexico. An agent on a Border Patrol boat in the Rio Grande killed a 37-year-old man who had been picnicking with his family on the Mexican riverside near Laredo in 2012.

In 64 such cases, the agents involved were absolved. Three cases remain under investigation.

A big part of the problem is that the border zone exists in a legal gray area where neither country’s laws fully apply, especially if an agent’s bullet crosses the border to hit a target on the other side.

A 2003 Homeland Security reorganization added to the problem by reducing the number of internal affairs investigators to zero, the report says. Currently, there are only 218 internal affairs investigators for a Customs and Border Protection workforce of 60,000, more than two-thirds of whom are law enforcers.

The advisory council report calls for a net increase of 350 investigators to address corruption and misconduct allegations in a timely fashion. It also calls for revised use-of-force guidelines emphasizing agents’ “overarching responsibility” for preserving human life.

Other recommendations call for the use of body cameras, limiting agents’ use of firearms against individuals throwing nonlethal items, such as rocks, and for ending use of firearms in car-chase scenarios.

These are common-sense measures that most urban police forces already employ. Border enforcement is serious business, but not so serious that innocents and nonlethal offenders deserve to pay for tighter security with their lives.

To read more click here. 

Federal Judge: Mother of Mexican Teen Killed by Border Patrol Agent May Sue U.S.

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge has ruled that the mother of a Mexican teen killed in a cross-border shooting by a Border Patrol agent may sue the government, the Desert News reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins denied the government’s motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the victim, a Mexican resident, was not protected by the U.S. Constitution.

In a similar case, a federal appeals court came to the opposite conclusion.

“The Court finds that, under the facts alleged in this case, the Mexican national may avail himself to the protections of the Fourth Amendment and that the agent may not assert qualified immunity,” Collins wrote.

Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz fatally shot 16-year-old Jose Antonino Elena Rodriguez for allegedly throwing rocks across the border .

Mexican Immigrants Getting Injured at Alarming Rates by Jumping Border Fence

border fence photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The treacherous trek through the 100-degree desert may not be the most difficult challenge for many immigrants who are sneaking over the border from Mexico.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that an increasing number of people are getting injured trying to jump the border fence, which has been made higher in some areas.

As a result, hospitals are seeing numerous case of injured immigrants. Most of the injuries are to the feet, ankles and spine.

“It’s the same crossing through the wall or through the desert,” said Gilda Felix, director of the Juan Bosco immigrant shelter from Nogales. “Both are difficult and dangerous.”

The exact number of people getting injured from jumping the fence is unclear, but nearly 100 case were reported so far this year by two Mexican consulates.

Border Patrol Recounts Dramatic Moments Before Shooting Escapee Richard Matt

Clinton Correctional Facility

Clinton Correctional Facility

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

During the manhunt for two escaped murderers, Border Patrol agents swooped into the woods of northern New York after hearing reports of gunshots.

The agents spotted one of the escapees behind a tree. When he pointed a shotgun at them, the agents fatally shot the killer.

It was the first detailed report of Richard Matt’s death, the Burlington Free Press reports.

“Our agents were obviously expecting the worst on every one of those calls,” Chief John Pfeifer said. “Very challenging terrain, challenging weather, lot of stress. You’re dealing with some very bad individuals. Can’t thank law enforcement enough for bringing these individuals back in.”

Matt and another inmate escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dennemora and were on the run for three weeks.

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