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Tag: Excessive Force

U.S. Border Patrol Faces Lawsuit Following Fatal Shooting of a Mexican Teen

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire,com

 The family of a Mexican teen fatally shot by the U.S. Border Patrol last week claims excessive force in a forthcoming lawsuit, Reuters reports.

Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was shot seven times in the back as agents opened fire on a group of rock throwers accused of dropping off drugs on the Arizona side of the border shortly after midnight Wednesday, according to Reuters.

A lawyer for Mexico’s Public Ministry in Nogales told Reuters the family will see legal action against the agent or agents responsible for Rodriguez’s death.

The Border Patrol declined to comment beyond an original statement about the shooting, which said an unnamed agent opened fire after smuggling suspects “began assaulting the agents with rocks” and defied orders to stop, Reuters reported.

FBI Probes Fatal Police Shooting of Double Amputee in Houston

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether a Houston police officer used excessive force by fatally shooting a double-amputee in a wheelchair at a home for the mentally ill, the Associated Press reports.

The AP said police were responding to a call about an irate one-armed, one-legged man who wouldn’t come down.

One of the officers said he shot the 45-year-old amputee in the head because he felt cornered by the wheelchair and feared his partner was in danger by what turned out to be a ballpoint pen, according to the AP.

“It is my desire to have everyone reserve judgment until all the facts and evidence in this investigation have been gathered,” Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said.

Feds, Seattle Negotiate Police Reforms

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The city of Seattle and the Justice Department are engaged in intense negotiations with a mediator over how to bring about sweeping changes in the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle Times reports.

Negotiations come six months after the Justice Department revealed troubled findings about a department that engages in a “pattern and practice” of using excessive force, mainly against minorities and the chemically and mentally impaired, according to the Seattle Times.

Also found was inconclusive evidence of biased reporting.

Both sides pledged quick action to avoid a lawsuit, the Seattle Times reported.

Adovocate Group in Fla. Accuses ICE of Using Excessive Force During Raids

Did ICE agents use excessive force? An advocacy group says yes.

BY TRENTON DANIEL
Miami Herald
MIAMI— A coalition of immigrant advocates is demanding that the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami investigate the arrests of dozens of Mexicans and Guatemalans taken into custody as undocumented immigrants last month during a raid targeting a separate group of alleged sex-trade traffickers in Homestead.
The advocates, along with local community leaders, say the 42 Mexicans and 35 Guatemalans — who were not involved in sex-trade trafficking — were rounded up Nov. 19 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. They accused ICE agents of using excessive force when they took the foreign nationals into custody.
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