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Border Agents Shoot Man at Tijuana Crossing

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Posted on Apr 18, 2010
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The border crossing south of San Diego, scene of Saturday’s shooting.

Seemingly taking a cue from Iraqi anti-insurgency manuals, U.S. border agents opened fire on a man as he attempted to drive through the border checkpoint at the Tijuana-San Ysidro crossing, fleeing officials after he failed to present legal identification. According to some news outlets, the single gunshot wound that he sustained was not considered to be life-threatening.—JCL


U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a border checkpoint fired on a man after he tried to drive into California from Mexico on Saturday, U.S. police said.

The pickup truck driver was heading north at the checkpoint between Tijuana and San Diego, the world’s busiest land border, when he tried to flee after he could not present proper identification.

“The agent referred the driver to a secondary inspection and he quickly accelerated away,” said Lieutenant Kevin Rooney of the San Diego police department, which is investigating the incident.

The man, who was described as a Latin American male about 50 years old, struck another vehicle and fixed objects as he tried to evade agents who eventually opened fire, Rooney said. The driver, who was not found to be armed, was treated Saturday at a San Diego hospital.

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By swain, April 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment
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By RAE, April 20, 2010 at 4:08 am Link to this comment

Didn’t think you’d understand, ITW.

Yes, attempting to force a border is a crime. Where we disagree is that the penalty should be INSTANT DEATH.

It’s not as if the Border agents or some police force down the road couldn’t stop a van full of people within minutes. Like where are they going to go? Besides, there are millions of illegals in the USA now… a few more won’t even be noticed. I don’t condone the crashers… but desparate people take desparate measures. I’m sure you would.

The real crime here is the INTERMITTENT American LACK OF RESPECT FOR ALL HUMAN LIFE. It’s the strangest of attitudes. At one and same time Americans can be carpet bombing innocent civilians in one country and unloading tons of medical supplies in another. Talk about schizo!

But in America gun-happy Americans shoot first and ask questions later. Shooting at a van full of likely UNARMED people is a COWARDLY ACT. Whether it’s legal or not is a moot point. It’s almost an instinctive move… like a cat after a bird or mouse. It’s flip a switch. If the bird or mouse so much as twitches, it’s pounce with everything you’ve got.

Don’t you think you guys could find some intermediate response that involved BRAINS instead of GUNS sometime?

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By Inherit The Wind, April 20, 2010 at 3:48 am Link to this comment

Unbelievable!  A guy tries to enter the country illegally, flees, causes accidents and YOU idiots condemn the Border Patrol????  Just what the HELL do you think we have a Border Patrol for? Handing out maps to the best places to squat?  So they should have just let him go????

I may be a Liberal but I, for one, do NOT accept the premise that during the COMMISSION of a crime, LEOs cannot use necessary force to stop the perpetrator.  And make no mistake: Trying to force your way across the border IS a crime.  I feel an American trying to force his way into Mexico in similar circumstances would have NO defense if the “Federales” shot HIM either.

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By RAE, April 19, 2010 at 9:41 am Link to this comment

“... U.S. agents fired at three vans packed with about 70 illegal immigrants…”

I don’t know any more about this alleged incident than what is quoted from the full article above.

Nevertheless it clearly illustrates the value of even assumed non-American life to American officials. Their shoot first and ask questions later policy is alive and well whether it’s buried in phoney rhetoric and rationales or not.

In America, as soon as you show any intention of not “following orders,” you become a non-person and therefore eligible to be murdered. Oh, you can lay on the euphemisms but to extinguish, or attempt to extinguish someone’s life, especially when they’re unarmed and not posing any threat to anyone at the moment, is most assuredly murder in my books. (We don’t know why the driver of the pickup hit other vehicles - perhaps having someone shooting at you or actually having a bullet in you momentarily distracts your attention from your driving?).

An American life is worth no more and no less than any other human being’s on the planet. Those who do not truly and fully accept that proposition are not to be trusted in civilized society.

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By amunaor, April 18, 2010 at 10:51 am Link to this comment

Typical American Trigger Happy Response!

Yipeeeee yaaaaaaa yeeeaaaa! It’s one of ‘them’...quick…...shot em!

WikiLeaks—Collateral Murder:

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

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By Carl, April 18, 2010 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

“Taking a cue from Iraqi anti-insurgency manuals”

This is childish and unprofessional cheap shot, and should be removed. This is called national defense. The guy had hit other vehicles and was obviously a grave threat to people. Perhaps he was a terrorist or had a gun. Should we wait until he runs over several bystanders.

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