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Old 03-05-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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A U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday that the 2003 shooting death of an illegal immigrant by a Border Patrol agent was not justified, in response to a civil lawsuit filed by the man's family.
The family of Ricardo Olivares Martinez, 22, will receive $350,000 after it was deemed that Border Patrol agent Cesar Cervantes used excessive force when he shot Martinez in the chest several times in June 2003, according to a decision written by Judge Raner Collins.
Martinez's family originally was awarded $1 million, but Collins reduced the figure because Martinez was fleeing a law-enforcement officer, the decision stated.
According to reports at the time, the incident began as a group of illegal entrants jumped a border fence and was found by Border Patrol agents near the Douglas Port of Entry.
The group scattered, with Martinez running back to the fence and trying to jump it.
He turned to confront the agent and began throwing rocks at him. Cervantes said he ordered Martinez to stop and shot him when he did not.
The incident led to a civil-rights investigation by the FBI, but no criminal charges were ever filed against Cervantes. The FBI dropped the investigation in October 2003.

Family of migrant slain by BP agent to receive $350K | www.azstarnet.com ® (http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/282936 - broken link)
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Old 03-05-2009, 05:41 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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So the Border Patrol can't defend themselves now? This is why we need that triple layer TALL fence!

I'd love to hear about a BP agent picking up a rock and tagging one of these numbskulls right back.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:10 PM
 
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So the Border Patrol can't defend themselves now? This is why we need that triple layer TALL fence!

I'd love to hear about a BP agent picking up a rock and tagging one of these numbskulls right back.
Agreed. This is beyond ridiculous.
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: suburbia
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Why the hell even bother giving them guns if this is what happens once they use them?
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