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PBS 'Need to Know' Exposes Border Patrol Murder & Impunity: Shocking Video of Mexican Immigrant Being Tased & Beaten to Death


Society & Culture  (tags: Immigration, human rights, racism, US-Mexican border, crossing, , beating death, US border patrol agents, eyewitness cell-phone videos, police brutality, murder, impunity, DHS, PBS Need to Know, investigative journalism )

LucyKalei
- 803 days ago - democracynow.org
Anastasio Rojas, 32, caught at CA crossing, hogtied, handcuffed & repeatedly beaten by batons, kicked.. had 5 US-born kids & already lived in US 25 yrs. Guests: his widow; journalist involved in PBS/Nation investigation & national TV special; eyewitness



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michael hall (42)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 2:53 pm
%%&*&^%%$^&&*(+_)(*&^&^%%$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 11:52 pm

Please WATCH this program - it's on video, so you'll be able to see excerpts from the PBS' "Need to Know" TV special that raised the lid on this brutal, heinous crime - just click the arrow in the video screen.

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And TAKE ACTION: Petition for Investigation into the death of Anastasio Hernández Rojas - 31,448 signers so far >

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Democracy Now! intro:

A new PBS documentary exposes the tasing and beating death of a Mexican immigrant by U.S. border agents in California and has renewed scrutiny of what critics call a culture of impunity.

In May 2010, 32-year-old Anastasio Hernández-Rojas was caught trying to enter the United States from Mexico near San Diego. He had previously lived in the United States for 25 years and was the father of five U.S.-born children. But instead of deportation, Hernández-Rojas’s detention ended in his death. A number of border officers were seen beating him, before one tasered him at least five times. He died shortly afterward.

The agents say they confronted Hernández-Rojas because he became hostile and resisted arrest.

But previously undisclosed videos recorded by eyewitnesses on their cell phones show a different story.

"All eyewitnesses that we spoke to basically tell the same story of a man hogtied and handcuffed behind his back, not resisting, being beaten repeatedly by batons, by kicks, by punches, by the use of a taser, for almost 30 minutes until he died," says reporter John Carlos Frey, whose exposé aired in a national television special last Friday night as part of a joint investigation by the PBS broadcast, "Need to Know," and the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.

We also speak with Hernández-Rojas’s widow, María Puga. "My husband was tortured. He was severely beaten. And they’ve destroyed an entire family," says Puga, speaking through a Spanish-English translator. "All we want is justice. And we need your help to get that justice."


About Guests:
-- John Carlos Frey, documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist at the Nation Institute. His work focuses on the experience of immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. He is tracking AT LEAST EIGHT OTHER DEAHS of IMMIGRANTS at the hands of Border Patrol AGENTS and wrote an editorial for the Los Angeles Times called "What’s Going On with the Border Patrol?"**

-- Humberto Navarrete, an eyewitness to U.S. Border Patrol forces beating Anastasio Hernández-Rojas in 2010 on the California side of the U.S.-Mexico border.
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** "...One witness on the Mexico side of the border said the agents were hitting Hernandez with their batons over and over again while other agents punched and kicked him. A Border Patrol supervisor arrived on the scene, but instead of intervening, he permitted the agents to continue. Another official yelled at the officers to clear away from Hernandez's body before shooting Hernandez with his Taser. Before he fired, the agent yelled "Quit resisting!" despite the fact that Hernandez lay handcuffed on the ground.

The command was likely intended for the ears of the gathering crowd of witnesses. In the video, you can hear Hernandez cry, "Ayudame, por favor, ayudame" (Help me, please, help me). People began to shout at the officers, asking them to stop. At one point, an officer tied Hernandez's ankles before the beating continued. All told, witnesses say, the attack lasted nearly 30 minutes.

The same witnesses told me Hernandez offered little or no resistance. One said she felt like she was WATCHING SOMEONE BEING MURDERED — a conclusion later confirmed by the San Diego CORONER's OFFICE, which classified the death as a HOMICIDE. As a result of the brutal beating, Hernandez suffered a HEART ATTACK. An autopsy also revealed several LOOSE TEETH; bruising to his CHEST, STOMACH, KNEES, BACK, LIPSlips, HEAD and EYELIDS; 5 - FIVE - BROKEN RIBS; and a DAMAGED SPINE. ..." [excerpt from “What's going on with the Border Patrol?,” by John Carlos Frey; April 20, 2012, Los Angeles Times]


LINKS:
“Crossing the line at the border,” a joint investigation by PBS 'Need to Know" & The Nation Institute's Investigative Fund

The Nation Investigative Fund Homepage for “Crossing the Line at the Border”: "Eight people have been killed at the US/Mexican border in the last two years. Are Border Patrol agents using excessive force?"
(the question seems a little silly, I mean the answer is so obvious, but I suppose this is what is expected and/or perceived as 'fairness')
 

Abdessalam Diab (153)
Friday April 27, 2012, 2:59 am
Thanks for signing , Abdessalam!

Thank you for taking a step towards justice for Anastasio.
Petition signed and post forwarded. Thanks Peasant.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday April 27, 2012, 6:13 am
Although I found out about this crime three days ago (..because my computer is ever more temperamental, I was able to post it only after 3 attempts over 2 days), I am still heartsick at what happened to this poor man, the senseless, unprovoked, unjustifiable, sadistic & probably racist beating that was inflicted on him for no other reason than the violent instincts & racial hatred of the perpetrators. These are monsters, these agents have no humanity and I dearly hope to see them severely punished for this shocking crime. I wrote as much when I signed the petition to the Attorney General.

After just read what is available - I am afraid to watch the video of the beating - I can only imagine him on the ground, helpless, saying 'Help me, please, help me,' and I feel sick & filled with sorrow.

So I thank you, Abdessalam, for helping me to publicize this post & hopefully get a lot of signatures for the petition.

I also thank you, my friends, Peace Monger (Kim), Pamylle, Cher, Carol, who have so far noted it. I hope you'll sign & tell your friends to sign.


Horrible as it is, Anastasio Hernández-Rojas' is not the only case -- 8 murders in the last two years !! Border Patrol impunity must end, DHS or not ! We cannot abide such lawlessness among law enforcement officials! We cannot fail to demand an end to such grievous human rights abuses.

We can only thank investigative journalist, John Carlos Frey, PBS & the Nation Institute Investigative Fund for bringing this shameful, barbaric situation to national awareness, when -up until now- it has been known on the local level of border States, thanks essentially to the work of human rights advocacy groups, & has not caused a loud enough public outcry.

From the Phoenix New Times, Sep. 21 2011: Immigrant Abuses at Hands of Border Patrol Agents Documented by Human-Rights Organization -

" 'No More Deaths,' a Tucson-based human-rights advocacy group, continues its push to end the abusive treatment immigrants suffer while in U.S. Border Patrol Custody.

The group shares the stories of abuse, neglect, and humiliation of 13,000 people detained by the Border Patrol in a report released today -- "A Culture of Cruelty: Abuse and Impunity in Short-Term U.S. Border Patrol Custody".

"What we've found is clearly not the result of a few 'bad apples,'" says Danielle Alvarado, a No More Deaths volunteer and co-author of the report. "We continue to hear THE SAME STORIES from THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, released from DIFFERENT Border Patrol STATIONS, YEAR AFTER YEAR. They are ALARMINGLY CONSISTENT."

U.S. Border Patrol agents regularly violate the human rights of their detainees by engaging in unsafe and unsanitary detention practices, physically abusing detainees, and refusing medical attention to those who need it, group leaders proclaim.

A Border Patrol spokesman was not immediately available for comment.


Interviews, conducted by volunteers for 'No More Deaths' and other human rights organizations, highlight that individuals suffering severe dehydration are routinely deprived of water; people with life-threatening medical conditions are denied treatment; children and adults are beaten during apprehensions and in custody, many are crammed into cells and subjected to extreme temperatures, deprived of sleep and subject to humiliation and other forms of psychological abuse.

New Times documented many of those abuses in Culture of Cruelty, a feature published December 16, 2010 that included the story of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a California man who died in the hands of federal immigration agents.

From the story:

Anastasio Hernandez Rojas screamed in agony as U.S. border agents rained blows on him and delivered 50,000 volts of electricity to his body over and over.

"No! No! Ayuda!" the 42-year-old Mexican wailed, pleading for help in Spanish. "Ayudenme [help me]!"

It was late in the evening of May 28, and his cries could be heard throughout the San Ysidro border-crossing area dividing San Diego and Tijuana.

(Onsite link - Read the rest of story.)

That story was, in part, based on the first report released by No More Deaths in 2008: "Crossing the Line -- Human Rights Abuses of Migrants in Short-Term Custody on the Arizona-Sonora Border."

That report, too, is full of many of the same examples of abuse.

"Absolutely no one is taking responsibility for the patterns of abuse that persist," Alvarado says in a statement released with the report. "We have filed dozens of complaints and not one has produced any change. This is just one more way the Obama administration's flawed approach to enforcement has undermined his credibility with immigrant communities. It is an affront to our collective sense of justice, fairness, and equality." "
 

Naoko I. (260)
Friday April 27, 2012, 6:32 am
Noted and petition signed.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday April 27, 2012, 8:14 am
Perhaps there is a groundswell taking form:

From the April 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, linked to on the 'No More Deaths' site (Their research & findings were used to write the article.) :"Hiding in Plain Sight: Inside the Life of an Undocumented Immigrant" -- Imagine being taken from your family, denied a phone call, and dropped off in the desert, miles from home all for the crime of wanting a better life. Welcome to the new normal for America's undocumented immigrants. One woman's story.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Friday April 27, 2012, 10:21 am
Many thanks Jill, I also receive all presente.org action alerts and have already signed this earlier.
Actually, this was part of a message sent out with a variety of actions / petitions, but, at the time C2 had gone down and wasn't functioning properly even before and after those maintenance days.
So it happened, that my message arrived blank, empty except for one single petition link on it, as I was notified by one of my friends who has received it.
When I learned this, I stopped sending out to all other remaining friends, thats why you-among others-have not yet gotten it.
Will fwd your post and redo all the other actions at a later moment. C2 often SUXXXX
 

Henriette Matthijssen (146)
Friday April 27, 2012, 10:29 am
We have to remove evil/brutal terrorist from authority as if we appear to be trouble, we are beaten to death. This is our new government. Government should be afraid of the people, People should not be afraid of the government. Authority their job is to serve & protect, but they now beat & kill us. I signed & will forward. Thanks Abdessalam for the forward.
 

Catherine Turley (198)
Friday April 27, 2012, 10:48 am
thanks for the forward, angie. like a starving man picking an apple from an orchard, these people are not criminals. u.s. citizens take their undeserved, good fortune of being born in the states for granted.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 27, 2012, 11:43 am
Wake up Ameica!
The government will do (is doing) this to your children too!
Where are all the 'good Christians' who have supported the politicians that brought us this dictatorship?
Have you no shame?
Immigrants come to America for jobs, to feed their children.

World hunger could be ended with what America spends on war every 8 days.

The illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost 3 Trillion dollars.
We could have built a new, solar-powered, electric grid in America for 1 Trillion dollars.
This would have eliminated the need to burn coal and allowed us to have electric cars whch would have ended our dependence on oil.

What is wrong with Democrats and Republicans?
Are they REALLY this ignorant?

Wars and killing are being committed for the benefit of corporate profits, not the people.

America could be the greatest country in the history of the world with the stroke of a pen by adopting new policies. The pen is mightier than the sword.

This could be YOUR father, killed trying to feed his children.
One thing is sure, if you don't 'wake up' soon it will be too late.
We wil be controlled by killer drones and robots that are manufactured by other robots.
A 'Terminator' society.

Boycott the National Guard and Police jobs, don't participate.
Take back your power now, before it is too late.
It is just as important, what you DO NOT do, as what you do.
Please, do not work for these corporate killers.
Women, do not date or marry them.
Use your power to end this abuse.

This could be YOUR father being killed for trying to feed his children

It will be if you continue to support their false cause.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 27, 2012, 11:45 am
SIGN THE PETITION
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Friday April 27, 2012, 12:40 pm
What a very, very sad world it has become - with 2-legged filth like this having no concerns about going on the rampage and destroying any/everything around them! May Karma get each and every one involved in this man's painful death - sooner rather than later!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Friday April 27, 2012, 1:19 pm
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
A golden star to John for his outstanding comment
 

Edwin M. (366)
Friday April 27, 2012, 2:00 pm
Noted and signed, and we represent ourselves as the "civilized" country to other countries. Thank you PeasantDiva for the post and thank you Angelika for the forward.
 

monka blanke (74)
Friday April 27, 2012, 3:09 pm
Signed & noted. Who do those bastards think they are ? They pretend the US is the land of milk and honey, which they don't want to share.Shame on them.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 27, 2012, 3:44 pm
"World hunger could be ended with what America spends on war every 8 days."
Should have read:
World hunger could be ended for a year with what America spends on war every 8 days.
 

Regina P. (79)
Friday April 27, 2012, 6:12 pm
Noted & signed. Thank you
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Friday April 27, 2012, 7:00 pm
Good for you PeasantDi for posting this here and giving it more exposure, also for Angelika for forwarding. I did sign petition and will forward it as well.

John Cause speaks wise words. This is what Fascist America looks like......you LOST your Republic. Now you must fight to get it back. Otherwise more men, women, and children will suffer under the Iron Boot that is common now upon this land.

“A republic, madam, if you can keep it”
― Benjamin Franklin
 

Kim O. (403)
Friday April 27, 2012, 8:34 pm
Noted and signed! Thanks for sending Henriette!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 12:41 am
Hey, Dandelion, nice to see you here! Thanks SO MUCH for supporting this cause & any effort you make to spread the word.

You say, "good for you for posting this here and giving it more exposure" which leads me to think it has been getting exposure elsewhere & you had already been aware: PLEASE tell me if this has made national news HEADLINES in the US. For me, PBS is not a mass media channel - they've never drawn lots of viewers-- so I thought relatively few people would have found out about this from US media. Living in France & limited to Internet, I have no way of knowing how much exposure an event has received on US radio or TV, though when I google this, I only get small opposition sites & no major media. I would really like to know.

Please don't forget, friends & C2 co-members, that a majority of the Hispanic immigrants coming into the US via the Mexican border are INDIGENOUS people -- just as US Native American people were dispossessed of their land & livelihoods, & have always lived on the margins of US prosperity, so the native peoples of Latin America are the marginalized poor in South and Central America, & in Mexico. They are the poor peasants, the campesinos, the oppressed in their own countries & the first to suffer from US NEO-LIBERAL economic policies, World Bank dicta, NAFTA, & so on.

And don't forget that the elites in power in these countries have historically relied on MILITARY governments --putches, coup d'etats-- to stay in power with US BACKING. Don't forget the School of Assassins, the School of Torturers, US School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Please think about that before you say that they have no right migrating to the US !

Before we criticize & reject them, before we decide that we will NOT SHARE any of our prosperity with them, KNOW who they are & why their lives have become impossible in their own countries: know that they are escaping the POVERY & the OPPRESSION of OUR making.
 

Sue D. (156)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:22 am
signed petition - these kinds of senseless actions by any law enforcement or agency should not be tolerated.
Noted.
 

Pat A. (117)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:41 am
Unbearably awful - NO-ONE should be above the law - these poor victims (eight known to activists?) and their poor families! Prosecute these villainous men and throw the book at them!
 

Joy Wong (73)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 6:31 am
This is so outrageous. What is the world coming to. Just because they are in uniforms and carry guns, they think they are above the law and can do just about anything. I just pray that all these killers will get a double portion of all the atrocities that they do to others.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 7:37 am
Shortly I will make another effort to send out a message with various petitions/actions to my friends list, hoping that this time it will arrive complete. Here I'm including one of the subjects related to this, so please sign below if you havent yet. (Stop Corporate Funded Anti-Immigrant Laws, Stop funding ALEC)

Stop Corporate funded Anti-Immigrant laws
 
 

Nancy M. (199)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 12:17 pm
Thanks for posting this Peasant Diva.
 

. (0)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 12:42 pm
disturbing. i cannot watch the video, but i signed the petition.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:00 pm
THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!
 

Michael Dewey (1039)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:39 pm
Thanks and shared. Am no fan of the details of the crap we all know the powers that be are doing.
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:41 pm
John, thank you for the article which I did read and will sign petition. Could not watch the video. I just can't watch any video of violence, human or animal abuse.
 

linda b. (190)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:49 pm
I felt physically sick watching this, and these are so called police officers, they're not fit to wear their uniform, i hope Mr Roja's family get the justice they deserve for this very disturbing and brutal crime from those who comitted such evil. Thanks Peasant Diva, and John for the forward.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:51 pm
Thanks for signing , Olivia! Thank you for taking a step towards justice for Anastasio
Thanks PeasantDi and John for the forward. Ditto Dotti L
 

Aimee A. (177)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:53 pm
Oh this is awful! I have signed the petition / letter. I sure hope that there will be justice for this poor man. Thanks for posting!
 

linda b. (190)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:54 pm
Forgot to say i signed the petition.
 

Mary T. (188)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 2:21 pm
Thanks PeasantDi and John for the forward, This is outrageous from a so called "civilized country as United States claims to be, Signed the petition.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 2:22 pm
silence is acceptance, we are change
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Norm C. (74)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 3:05 pm
There is no place for such brutality in any country. That it occurs in the US is a national disgrace (as though we have not had enough of them lately).

It is time for people of good will to assume their rightful role of demanding accountability when our servants run off the rails. We must do more than just wring our hands and point fingers. We must look beneath the superficial and find systemic causes for the increasing inhumanity of those who work in our name.

What will we do is a more important question than what will we say?
 

Barbara W. (342)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 3:46 pm
There are monsters among US! They have positions in high places. They get away with murder. Ripping off Americans at every turn. These last years the immigrant, illegal, American born Muslim or a poor Mexican looking for a way to feed his family have become the scapegoat, the focal point, the one to blame for all the ills America is suffering!

"We" allowed this to happen after 9/11 which took the focus away from the real problems before US and the world. The plutocrats! The Mega Corporations! The Turncoat legislators! The Supreme Court! And a great many more folks who are dirty up to their eyeballs, like MEDIA PUNDITS, have played US, the 99 %, for suckers!

This border fiasco began under GWB! Before that how many American's went into Mexico without problems? What about Canada? What has transpired in the last dozen years alone should make every American sit up and take notice. 9/11 was a test much as the Waco incident was a test. 9/11 only on a grander scale but never the less many innocence died in both of these incidences.

Less we forget shortly after 9/11 "We" had the Anthrax scare. All these scare tactics designed to herd Americans into a safe zone away from who? What happened to this man is a crime of the highest caliber. I watched this story on Amy's show and I was so very angry it made me nauseous. Thank you for posting Peasant.

Who knows how many more have met a similar fate at the hands of "BORDER" monsters. America's shame is growing to heights that are so like a fascist state. We are being ruled by Hate, Prejudice, Gr$$d, and it's our tax dollars making these hateful agendas both here and abroad, possible.

This is not my idea of a great nation! What it is though is frightening and the "We" in this equation should be alarmed! Very Alarmed! AMERICA'S SHAME!
 

Jim Phillips (3215)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 3:46 pm
Petition signed.

Arrest all those involved in the beating and tasering Anastasio to death and send them to prison for no less than 10 years.

Ty, Peasant.
.
 

Robert Tomlinson (64)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 4:12 pm
39,739 have signed the petition.
This type of behavior is a National Disgrace. Hopefully, justice will be done.
 

Naoko I. (260)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 4:48 pm
Signed the petition, Angelika, and shared on FB
 

Michela m. (3801)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 5:11 pm
Terrible
 

Michela m. (3801)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 5:13 pm
Thanks for signing , Michela!

Thank you for taking a step towards justice for Anastasio.
 

Carol H. (229)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 5:14 pm
signed the petition and noted story. thank you PeasantDiva and thank you John C for the forward!!!
 

Fran away F. (109)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 5:40 pm
This murder and torture MUST be stopped! Both petitions signed. Thanks, PD and Angelika, and thanks to John for the forward!
 

SuSanne P. (181)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 6:37 pm
Thanks for signing , SuSanne!
Thank you PD for this powerful video. There are no words to say other than I am happy it is now getting National attention. THE WORLD IS NOW WATCHING!
Thank you John C for the forward as well as your post. Thank you Barbara for your input as well.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 7:18 pm
Have sent this far and wide. It is one of the most inhumane, soul destroying videos we have ever witnessed. One man, tied up, tasered and beaten to death by a group of gross beasts, - thugs of the first order. May the full force of the law(if there is any in this case) be felt by these moronic pieces of dung - ad infinitum. Thank you PeasanDiva and also John Cause for bringing this to our attention.
 

Shirley S. (172)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 7:18 pm
Noted & signed with the hope of TRUE justice being carried out.
 

Edith B. (141)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 8:46 pm
I am signing the petition. Thanks, John C for sending it to me. I totally agree with your comments. We are being made so terrified of what "might" happen that we are not watching what actually "is" happening. I think POGO sad "we have found the enemy and it is us".
 

Eternal Gardener (702)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 9:25 pm
John, you are right!
Signed.
 

Carrie B. (300)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 9:34 pm
Thank you John! You are a treasure!
 

Carol Dreeszen (366)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 9:45 pm
Noted! terrible!!
 

Bianca D. (85)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 10:45 pm
Horrific.
Tx John.
 

Michael Carney (206)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 11:57 pm
Signed and noted, it's just so sick and disgusting...Sad thing, there's Millions of people in our Country right now, who instead of being horrified, and sad for the Man and his family, would tell you, he deserved what happened to him, and approve of his murder...And sadly 99% of those people are the ones who scream at the top of their lungs, that they're Christian, and love Jesus...How can they be such hypocrites? All I know is we can't allow those people to take control of our Country...
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 12:02 am
We will not forget you Anastasio Hernández-Rojas' , Rest in Peace

My most heartfelt thanks to all my friends whom have taken your valuable time to shine your lights on this story. Please forward it, I don't usually ask that, as it needs intense scrutiny from all peoples of the world. This is an international crime. A crime is a crime, it does not matter who commits it. I have been beaten by the police myself and know how easy it is for others to turn a blind eye out of fear for their own lives. It is time this bullying stopped. We cannot pretend the police (in America I know) are NOT representatives of justice, nor do they 'defend and protect the Constitution of the Unied States' as they pledged in the oath they took when accepting their jobs. Americans and the rest of the world can no longer tolerate being bullied by America's "justice" system. A lie is a lie, no matter who tells it.
No more bullies, no more lies and no more fear.We are 99%, we are no longer afraid and we will stop this "Reign of Terror" in the United States.

Love IS all we need.

We are victims of Government-sponsored Terrorists!
WE are NOT the Terrorists!

"They must find it difficult...
Those who have taken authority as the truth,
rather than truth as the authority."

- Gerald Massey Egyptologist

It is error alone which needs support of the government.
Truth can stand by itself.
- Thomas Jefferson

"You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind."

- Mahatma Gandhi

MAD AS HELL

End of Liberty in America
 

Susanne R. (249)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 12:17 am
The video was painful to watch, but it was also very eye-opening. The border patrol officers behaved liked crazed animals. Does it really take as many as 20 agents to restrain a man whose already been handcuffed, hogtied, and is lying on the ground? What need was there to taser him when he was completely restrained and begging for his life? These men are murderers and should be treated as such. Shame on the Justice Department and the Border Patrol for not pursuing this murder. Kudos to the brave spectators who captured video footage and came forward with their accounts of what transpired. If the officers involved, especially the taser-happy fool, are not charged, we have to pursue this matter until it gets the attention it deserves!

Thank you to PeasantDi and John Cause for bringing attention to this issue!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 1:06 am
The "End of Liberty in America" has some passages that sound prejudiced but the overall message rings of truth. Give it a listen and think about the comments you can identify with. If one gives the video a chance to finish their comments it may not turn out the way one might presume. I have been guilty of 'rushing to judgement' in the past. Please don't make that mistake, listen to the entire video. One does not need to agree with everything said, just begin to see the big picture. We are on our last leg and must unite to beat this plot by the 1%.
"United we stand, divided we fall, one and all,"
 

Sue D. (156)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 2:16 am
wonderful points and comments to Norm, Barbara & John.
Michael Carney - not only a green star to you, but a HUGE bravo! I couldn't have said it any better. I would also add that we have all seen the same here on Care2. Doesn't matter what the particular injustice is...... some will claim disdain for one injustice, while they support another injustice(s) in what they practice and support. True hypocrites. When people can begin to SEE all injustices (even those they support) and decide it's time to actually BE a humane and compassionate human being, then maybe our world, country, state & home will become more livable and just for ALL.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (272)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 3:29 am
This is sickening
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 4:01 am
Yes, John, bravo! - it moves me deeply that you've put down here in your comment the words I left in a comment on your page, as a way of thanking you for getting so involved with this atrocious injustice & helping me to get maximum exposure for it by getting it on Front Page: "We will not forget you Anastasio Hernández-Rojas', Rest in Peace" - I added, "We will never rest until justice is done."

I am so glad to see other people here who have the same sentiment & motivation, such as Susanne R who says "If the officers involved, especially the taser-happy fool, are not charged, we have to pursue this matter until it gets the attention it deserves!" -- or Wolf, with "and business as usual..."

No, I refuse 'Business as usual'!

We are expected to be inured to the horror perpetrated in every corner of the globe evry day of the week & "mind our own business" and/or "get down to the real 'business' of life": Just keep 'business' prosperous; be a good little cog so the machine keeps running - Wear your BLINDERS at all times; go to work, make money, and SPEND, SPEND, SPEND - like GWB's infamous words in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 & the Twin Towers tragedy: Lead the atomized, insulated, unconnected life in suburban isolation- watch TV & rent a DVD / 'Shop till you drop,' but don't look across town- avoid the poor, they're dangerous & they've brought it on themselves; we have nothing in common with them anyway (until YOU lose your job..)! - Don't think of collective solutions & Don't organize!

John is quite right about bullying: doesn't it boil down to the pleasure of bullying? If you have the opportunity to crush someone weaker than you or really make them squirm, take advantage of it, by all means! There must be so few truly satisfying pursuits in our society, especially if you have pronounced sadistic tendencies and/or need to work your frustrations out on the easiest scapegoat available... or only feel like a REAL MAN in the heat of action & violence. We want some power, too -- the power to harm !!

(Like the prison guards & the head psychologist at Pennsylvania's SCI at Cresson, who are now being investigated by the DOJ for 'alleged' prisoner abuse, and about whom the Nation has just recently published their own terrible, explosive, & often heartrending investigation.)

Susanne R is right on target when she notes, "The border patrol officers behaved liked crazed animals" but is really too kind when it comes to the guy wielding the taser: the "taser-happy fool" - Fool is too kind for him, for I'm sure that he knew perfectly well that what was entertainment for him (& his colleagues) was atrocious suffering for their victim. Isn't that what made it so satisfying???

"Does it really take as many as 20 agents to restrain a man whose already been handcuffed, hogtied, and is lying on the ground?" -- No, Susanne, we ALL know that it doesn't, so HOW COME the Border Patrol agents' ridiculous claims were accepted without raising the slightest doubt ?? -especially when the coroner found 'homocide'! Since when did restraining or subduing a hostile client mean killing him??

A national outcry got George Zimmerman indicted, now let's get to work on these 20 mad dogs!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 4:05 am
Yes, John, bravo! - it moves me deeply that you've put down here in your comment the words I left in a comment on your page, as a way of thanking you for getting so involved with this atrocious injustice & helping me to get maximum exposure for it by getting it on Front Page: "We will not forget you, Anastasio Hernández-Rojas', Rest in Peace" - I added, "We will never rest until justice is done."

I am so glad to see other people here who have the same sentiment & motivation, such as Susanne R who says "If the officers involved, especially the taser-happy fool, are not charged, we have to pursue this matter until it gets the attention it deserves!" -- or Wolf, with "and business as usual..."

No, I refuse 'Business as usual'!

We are expected to be inured to the horror perpetrated in every corner of the globe evry day of the week & "mind our own business" and/or "get down to the real 'business' of life": Just keep 'business' prosperous; be a good little cog so the machine keeps running - Wear your BLINDERS at all times; go to work, make money, and SPEND, SPEND, SPEND - like GWB's infamous words in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 & the Twin Towers tragedy: Lead the atomized, insulated, unconnected life in suburban isolation- watch TV & rent a DVD / 'Shop till you drop,' but don't look across town- avoid the poor, they're dangerous & they've brought it on themselves; we have nothing in common with them anyway (until YOU lose your job..)! - Don't think of collective solutions & Don't organize!

John is quite right about bullying: doesn't it boil down to the pleasure of bullying? If you have the opportunity to crush someone weaker than you or really make them squirm, take advantage of it, by all means! There must be so few truly satisfying pursuits in our society, especially if you have pronounced sadistic tendencies and/or need to work your frustrations out on the easiest scapegoat available... or only feel like a REAL MAN in the heat of action & violence. We want some power, too -- the power to harm !!

(Like the prison guards & the head psychologist at Pennsylvania's SCI at Cresson, who are now being investigated by the DOJ for 'alleged' prisoner abuse, and about whom the Nation has just recently published their own terrible, explosive, & often heartrending investigation.)

Susanne R is right on target when she notes, "The border patrol officers behaved liked crazed animals" but is really too kind when it comes to the guy wielding the taser: the "taser-happy fool" - Fool is too kind for him, for I'm sure that he knew perfectly well that what was entertainment for him (& his colleagues) was atrocious suffering for their victim. Isn't that what made it so satisfying???

"Does it really take as many as 20 agents to restrain a man whose already been handcuffed, hogtied, and is lying on the ground?" -- No, Susanne, we ALL know that it doesn't, so HOW COME the Border Patrol agents' ridiculous claims were accepted without raising the slightest doubt ?? -especially when the coroner found 'homocide'! Since when did restraining or subduing a hostile client mean killing him??

A national outcry got George Zimmerman indicted, now let's get to work on these 20 mad dogs!
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:44 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Barbara W. (342)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:51 am
Worth repeating! Amen Sue D. Amen! If justice does not prevail for all there is "NO JUSTICE!"

"I would also add that we have all seen the same here on Care2. Doesn't matter what the particular injustice is...... some will claim disdain for one injustice, while they support another injustice(s) in what they practice and support. True hypocrites. When people can begin to SEE all injustices (even those they support) and decide it's time to actually BE a humane and compassionate human being, then maybe our world, country, state & home will become more livable and just for ALL."
 

g d c. (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 9:33 am
sickening...
 

Allan Yorkowitz (457)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 9:51 am
My prediction is nothing will happen to these officers; those who directly or indirectly caused his death. A financial settlement will be given to the widow out of court as her children are American born.
Another example of America at its lowest.
 

Arielle S. (314)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 11:14 am
The very first comment sums it up - thank you, John, for forwarding to me and for your wise comments - a shower of stars for everyone who is sickened by this - Proud to be an American? Not
 

Lisa Neste (697)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 1:27 pm
Thanks for signing , Lisa!
Thank you for taking a step towards justice for Anastasio.
 

Robert O. (12)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 2:36 pm
Makes me sick to my stomach and chills me to the core. No justice, no peace!
 

Terrie Williams (760)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 5:01 pm
Read. Signed, noted and posted on FB. Sickening and depraved. Senseless slaughter and it goes unpunished. Are we liking our Fascism yet? I sure as hell ain't.
 

Aurea Walker (175)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:04 pm
My heart bleeds tears of pain for his now fatherless children and his widow! What is MOST frightening is HOW LITTLE msm reporting Mr. Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas's MURDER DID NOT GET! As the WASP'S start becoming the minority, they are shaking in their boots! The ultimate sacrilege is that people of color are now the new members of the GENOCIDE LIST! sound extreme? Hell no, look how much Jan Brewer of Az. Looks like Goebbels! I could go on and but the prior comments say it better than I can. My personal challenge and why I am so passionate on this particular subject, of course I am Mexican but since I do not fit the ignorant image of what most racist bigots think Latinos look like and sound like, people do and say things that are not to be believed.


 

Patty K. (1)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:06 pm
Aaagain, illegal alien, repeat offender, probably resisted arrest. Wife lived here 25 years and still needs a translator, cannot speak english. Hmmm, 5 kids living off of US welfare system and probably anchor babies. Sorry for the death, but it is the same old shit. What about the BP that is killed by illegal aliens?? What about illegal aliens drunk driving and killing Americans? Yes, they come here, illegally for a better life, it is still a crime because they did not come here legally like the old immigrants, and assimilated to America legally and they have no rights, but OMG there is always someone here to fight for their rights. What about the true American rights that have been taken away??
 

Aurea Walker (175)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:41 pm
Patty, this is the first time I have EVER responded to anyone's comments! But you are truly missing THE POINT! regardless of his "il/legal" status was, he was BRUTALLY MURDERED! Explain your justification for the border patrol/murders actions? The man was HAND AND THEN LEG CUFFED! who did Mr. Hernandez-Rojas kill, maim or hurt? By the way are you related to the original illegal aliens of the good ole USA? Yes the wonderful pilgrims who killed the native Americans right after the wonderful thanksgiving/murder we still celebrate? But last of all thank you ever SO MUCH FOR SHOWING YOUR RACIST, BIGOTED STUPIDITY! oh one last question did you feel free to make your comment to me because I am Mexican? Just for your nasty little mind yes I am a proud MEXICANA! All 5'10, green eyed blond of me! And I am one fierce sheroe when dealing with bullies of your ilk. Mucho, mucho cuidado!
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:42 pm
Patty, whether the man was here illegally or not, whether he could speak English or not, or that his wife could speak English, or whether his kids were on Welfare or not, NONE OF THAT......EXCUSES that this man was fatally BEATEN to death!

When is it EVER....acceptable for a human being to be beaten to death? And in particular, by people who should be upholding the law, not using brute force to murder this man.

You know, you can thank your Government, the USA for passing NAFTA, that opened the door to our jobs going out of this Country and pulling in people to this Country. That our Business people make money off of cheap labor that THEY drew into this Country. Policies that were made in WASHINGTON, DC has caused this situation. And now this is how this Country treats these human beings it has used as pawn?

What is wrong with some of the people in this Country that can find so EASY an excuse to MURDER someone?????

When does our Border Patrol and Law Enforcement have the right to be jury, judge and executioner? Why should this man be given a death sentence without even so much as a trial?

Have you become so accepting of the loss of your own rights that you think so little of another's right to HUMAN Rights? I don't think you are sorry at all for the death. Just because some illegal alien drove drunk and may of even taken the life of an American, still does not make right nor excuse what these men, this pack of crazed humans with badges did to this man.
 

Aurea Walker (175)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:50 pm
Dandelion, mil y unas gracias for your comments!

SILENCE IS BETRAYAL
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

On this subject I shall NOT REMAIN SILENT!
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 8:07 pm
I also noticed that Patty has the Jesus fish for her background on her profile page. Being that I follow the ways of my ancestors, the First Nations people, I can't come up with some quick comment of what would Jesus say or feel on this. But from all I know about Jesus, I don't think he would condone these men and their actions and you might want to check your heart Patty out with Jesus on why you hold such negative feelings towards another human being who was beaten to death and left children without a Father.

You may not like that people are here documented or not, but an unwarrented and brutal death of a man who was not able to protect himself is a tragedy upon this land and for that family. This is also a disgrace to this Nation, but as Aurea has mentioned this disgrace has been here since Columbus got lost here. It needs to stop, and you might be a so called anchor baby too if you are not of the First Nations people. Ever think of that?

What happened to human compassion? I recall a teaching in my youth, if you haven't anything good to say, then say nothing.

Mitakuye Oyasin.....We are ALL Related.....We are Related to All.
 

Sue D. (156)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 8:41 pm
I will not sit idly by and say nothing either!

Aaagain, I will say, "Doesn't matter what the particular injustice is...... some will claim disdain for one injustice, while they support another injustice(s) in what they practice and support. True hypocrites." Patty, that is EXACTLY what you are doing. This was a human being with CHILDREN, by the way, which ARE American Citizens whether YOU like it or not. They were born here, for Christ's sake. There were Mexicans in this country before it was the USA as well - are 'their' descendents also "illegal"? Thank God (literally) that the rest of us born here were also considered citizens and weren't faced with the same hateful prejudice as some American Citizens feel today toward babies born in this country. You can make all the excuses you can dream up, but it is what it is and always will be - prejudice. Shame on you. Maybe you should look inside yourself to find out what makes you that way. Correct it - because YOU may some day be the one that another has a hate for. Trust me, you will want those like us (bleeding hearts) to step up for you! (OR your child, grandchild, good friend, partner, co-worker, spouse....)
 

Seth E. (57)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 10:38 pm
Noted article and signed the petition.

Thanks!

For anyone to support the killing of a person in a situation such as this is abhorrent. This man never deserved such a fate.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 30, 2012, 12:07 am
Signed WTF
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 30, 2012, 12:56 am
Murder is murder, no matter who commits it.
Binding Torturing Killing is a crime worthy of Hannibal Lector (hope I spelled that right).

Patty,

I am speechless. I have never read a comment that supported murder.

America's justice system was created to protect people from 'mob rule'.

When they come for you, remember this:

"In Germany, they came first for the Communists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . .
And by that time there was no one left to speak up."

~Pastor Martin Niemöller


 

Loreto V. (51)
Monday April 30, 2012, 1:12 am
Noted with pain and sorrow! Horrible brutality. These officers are CRIMINALS! Signed and forwarded.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 30, 2012, 5:22 am
Anastasio's Story
 

Gwynethrose F. (12)
Monday April 30, 2012, 9:03 am
Signed and noted.
 

Karen B. (8)
Monday April 30, 2012, 9:42 am
SILENCE IS ACCEPTANCE.!!!!! Signed petition. Immigrants have been DEHUMANIZED, THE SAME THING CAN HAPPEN TO OUR BORDER PATROL, IT WORKS BOTH WAYS. If the border patrol KEEPS MURDERING, UNARMED, NON COMBATIVE, INDIVIDUALS, LIKE ANASTASIO, THAT WILL DEHUMANIZE THE BORDER AGENTS.!!!!! Could not happen to a MORE DESERVING BUNCH OF CLOWNS.!!!!! The largest cop organization in the US, that answers to no one, WILL ANSWER TO GOD.!!!!!!! GOD BLESS, ANASTASIO, AND HIS FAMILY.!!!!!! What monsters are in the US, WHO TORTURE HUMANS.? REAL BIG COWARDLY MEN, THATS WHO.!!!!!!
 

. (0)
Monday April 30, 2012, 9:51 am
thanks for the post Peasant Di and the fwd Henriette..and the petition link John. No one should be above the law-although that seems to be the case. No one should have to live in more fear than we are already living in. Shameful
 

Penny C. (79)
Monday April 30, 2012, 11:39 am
Horific,signed.Thanks Peasant.
 

Ruth S. (313)
Monday April 30, 2012, 2:31 pm
Sad news, poor man!
 

. (0)
Monday April 30, 2012, 2:45 pm
Signed.
 

John S. (297)
Monday April 30, 2012, 4:08 pm
Noted.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Monday April 30, 2012, 4:09 pm
That was very astute of you, Dandelion, to pick up on Pattie's Jesus connection. The problem with the Religious Right and Christian fundamentalists is that Jesus cannot be patented for their sole use & interpretation. Jesus was not a far right ideologue, and one of his teachings, the basic one -love and loving your fellow man (or woman)- cannot be eradicated by their ideological interests. You'd better believe it that Jesus would have sided with the man on the ground. I am not a believer myself & tend to agree with Gandhi ("I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians: they are so unlike your Christ."), but there is no doubt in my mind that if there is a heaven & an afterlife, Anastasio Hernández-Rojas is there in the grace of Jesus. And no anti-Latino, anti-immigrant right-wing Christian fundamentalist can say otherwise.

I have found out some interesting stuff about the Border Patrol: just on a hunch, I carried out a search for them on the Southern Poverty Law Center site & these are 2 articles that came up:

American Border Patrol/American Patrol: American Border Patrol/American Patrol is one of the most virulent anti-immigrant groups around. On the American Patrol website and in self-produced videos, the group rails against Mexican immigrants, accusing them of bringing to the U.S. crime, drugs and squalor and of practicing “immigration via the birth canal.” That is just the summary; the article is too long to reprint here.

Armed Neo-Nazis ‘Helping’ U.S. Border Patrol
» Former National Socialist Movement member J.T. Ready heads group that detains and turns over undocumented immigrants to the U.S. Border Patrol
That, too, is an intro.
 

Jane H. (126)
Monday April 30, 2012, 6:07 pm
this is just the pits. terrifying, horrifying,unjust and terrible. I can't think of enough horricfic words to describe my disgust. It must end
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Monday April 30, 2012, 6:53 pm
Noted and shared thank you.
 

Robert B. (57)
Monday April 30, 2012, 7:07 pm
When the people on the front lines (border patrol officers & other law officers) turn bad it is the fault of the supervisors and upper management, including our politicians. This type of brutal, fascist behavior is not to be tolerated. Underfunding and bad politics are the prime reason for this problem. We need to start voting in people of honor and honesty into office. We need people who actually CARE!
 

Nancy C. (796)
Monday April 30, 2012, 7:15 pm
Thanx John and Peasant D. 32275th on petition. We're all watching and demand justice for this heinous crime. BTW John, the real Hannibal was not caught. Just read Monster of Florence...
 

Nancy C. (796)
Monday April 30, 2012, 7:54 pm
A dozen agents...Rest in Peace Anastasio Hernández-Rojas. It's about time for this awful murder to come to the truthful light of the public and the justice system who has been silent. Humberto Navarrete is an angel on earth for his action to record. (Safety to you and to Ashley Young). He says there were more than TWENTY officers nearby. The sounds are heartbreaking. Strength to the family.
 

Nancy C. (796)
Monday April 30, 2012, 8:11 pm
60000 on the border patrol who are unmonitored by any other agency and allegedly have a "so what" attitude about torture and many deaths. Yes, I would would call this uncaring to say the least.
 

Gary A L. (129)
Monday April 30, 2012, 8:54 pm
Thank you I had already signed I must add that this Patty K is and evil and vile person to have made the comments she made and call herself a Christian is sickening Christ would have loved and sheltered this man remember he told those who followed him to sell their belongings and give the money to those in need doesn't sound anything like the Christ this person believes in does it
 

Venkat Ramanan (6)
Monday April 30, 2012, 9:34 pm
US seems to have a queer sense of Freedoms and Individual's Rights.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Monday April 30, 2012, 11:32 pm
Thank you, everyone, for sharing your outrage, your views & your feelings on this post thread; THANK YOU for SIGNING THE PETITON! Please CONTINUE TO SPREAD FAR & WIDE, so that Anastasio's family will at least find peace in justice being done & so that 20 rabid cowardly racists discover that there is NO IMPUNITY for their unspeakable crime.

This is very recent -
This Amnesty International report, the result of a two-year study which finds that Latinos, immigrants and Native Americans are subject to “a pattern of human right violations” along the Southwestern border (Arizona and Texas mostly) under U.S. immigration policies, & entitled “In Hostile Terrain: Human Rights Violations in Immigration Enforcement in the U.S. Southwest,” came out end of March, 2012. It was covered in Indian Coutnry Today ("Amnesty International Report Cites Human Rights Violations Along US-Mexico Border", & apparently several more articles, as well, since there are quite a few links to different tribes & border issues), and by CNN, cited & linked to by ICT.
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 1:00 am
American Taliban they should be dealt properly
 

NICKY MELVILLE (115)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 2:51 am
Thank you so much for this John.. Noted and signed . I couldn't watch the video as I was already moved to tears by the article... How can people be so mean and cruel and satanic! My heart bleeds for the families of the victims.. How can they ever forgive or forget what has happened. I am a 'normal' Christian person who konws that Jesus would be HORRIFIED by this sort of cruelty! We must never think that anything that does not bring peace and love between people has ANYTHING to do with God! Those of you who pray... Please pray hard that this sort of barbaric behaviour will one day be just something we read about in the history books.! Hopefully, with people like John doing all he can to dynamically fight these attrocities and to make the changes that he is passionate about, we might one day see amazing changes!!!!
 

NICKY MELVILLE (115)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 2:54 am
Peasant Diva... My appologies to you!! I was so upset by this article that I was thinking that it was John who had posted this... Instead of which it was you, but he was so impassioned by it that he forwared it to his friends. Thank you SO much!
 

Nelu Dumitriu (14)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 4:19 am
Noted
 

Phyllis Baxter (40)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 4:36 am
I lived in San Diego in 1991 and visited Tijuana many times - coming back on the last trolley car late at night the car would stop in the middle of nowhere and police armed to the teeth came on board and pulled Mexicans off and bundled them int waiting wagos. It was most disturbing, especially as I had seen such poverty and deprivation in Mexico. Isn't it time to introduce family planning and legalize drugs to stop the drug wars in that country?
 

Carlene V. (201)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 5:30 am
Signed and forwarded. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of many of us who knew nothing of this extreme brutality and killing. These "men" are not officers of anything, they are evil bastards and I hope karma visits them today.
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 7:06 am
''SIGNED''...there was NO reason to do this to this poor man. I don't care if he was resisting, which he was NOT, the border patrol did NOT have to hogtie, beat, kick and taser Anastasio. Look at how many men there where, NO WAY did this man try to resist. This was just a chance for them to have some fun, by beating this man to death. They didn't think anybody would see what they where doing. Thank God there where people that DID see and get this on there cell phones. They have proof that he was beaten to death. I hope that justice will be done for Anastasio. And I hope these men that did this will be sent to prison and HOPEFULLY, Bubba will be waiting on them all. If there is any justice, they will not get just a slap on the wrist. They need to be punished severely. Remember the children that are left without there dad. JUSTICE FOR ANASTASIO!!!!
 

Andrea Connelly (94)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 10:31 am
Noted, signed and posted on FB. Thanks PDWM and PBS.
 

Elizabeth P. (102)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 10:43 am
Very sad, Noted and Signed.
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 10:45 am
Indeed, thank PBS. There was a big push by the Right wing to stop funding PBS. They certainly didn't want a media outlet that would investigage and expose the dastardly deeds.
 

Aurea Walker (175)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 10:45 am
To all care2 members - be careful when you get a thank you comment from "Wan M" I looked at his comment NOT! "IT" is nothing but a scam! Selling supposedly "jewelry" et al..... Fakes I am sure, but it may also invasive at some other level. Beware.

Do so apologize for posting this comment and this particularly heart rending site, but the comment was attached to this site.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 12:08 pm
Thank you for the warning, Aurea. You did the right thing.

Nicky, you can pray all you want, but personally I prefer advocacy & activism, & investigative journalism -- in terms of effectiveness. Praying, IMHO, is not going to do a whole lot of good in terms of getting these mad dog Border agents indicted & convicted for murder. The 'one day' you speak of is a bit too far off in the blurry future, and people are being murdered here & now: THEY CAN'T WAIT for a hypothetical heavenly intervention!
And those of us who, like you, are appalled by the brutal death of innocents & this unqualifiable behavior will not be satisfied by a 'one day.'

I see that you are a sensitive, feeling person & I thank you for sharing your feelings & gut reaction. Please understand that advocacy & activism will get something done if people are committed & determined & refuse give up fighting for justice in this case, but also the 7 other cases of deaths by US Border agent hand, cases which are still anonymous, with no names & faces as yet attached to them. Investigative journalism carried out by John Carlos Frey put a name & a face & the horrendous circumstances of Anastasio's death & PBS saw fit to make a documentary on it; he is investigating the other 7 deaths & I hope to follow through & find out what happened to the others. I hope that PBS will follow up on this, too. (& yes, Dandelion & Andrea, we owe great thanks to PBS. And, thank God! the Rethugs didn't succeed in budget-cutting them out of existance!) We need to fight for them, too, so that there won't be anymore of these unforgivable deaths.

What a dream-fantasy, Terri, having Bubba serve them in prison: IF ONLY ! Bubba in prison is a dream that bit the dust with Obama from whom we expected a good deal more, but that's another story. Thank you for your feeling comment, too - I can feel your rage!

Thanks to everybody who has shared this, put it on Facebook, etc -- if there's enough of a groundswell, perhaps DHS will intervene to identify who those sadists are & pull them off the Patrol force; & then DOJ can see to their indictment.

If only there could be a great national outcry as there was for Trayvon Martin, & a march on Washington. What Anastasio was subjected to, justice for this man certainly merit this; and how else will the DHS ever be pushed to reveal the names of the mad dog bastards who did it?
 

Patricia E. G. (78)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 1:36 pm
Outraged by the video. Deplorable actions by San Diego Border Patrol.
Taking a human life for no reason. Prison for every officer involved.
May Anastasio's soul find peace on the other side, and his grieving
family and friends remember him in their prayers.

Signed the Petition
Thank you
 

Brian M. (145)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 1:48 pm
Tasers cause more deaths per year than most people realize...especially in the hands of law enforcement.
 

holly masih (58)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 3:35 pm
So much for liberty and justice for all.Who the f*** regulates the border patrol and holds them accountable?They aren't doing their job!
 

Kate Kenner (202)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 4:40 pm
You know I am really an animal person but this is disgusting. These are people who are given too much power and that is never a good thing. I noticed it was said that abuse was not tolerated; well, I wonder if that means it is getting caught being abusive is not tolerated.
No matter what I feel about illegal aliens this was not right.Patty, yes there are illegal alines who drive drunk and honestly if someone commits a crime I would say deport them but there are plenty of people who are American citizens who drive drunk, kill, rape so get over it. This man was doing nothing and whatever his status there was no justification to torture him until he died.
Again I am really an animal person and not a fan of most of the human species but I also loathe abuse of power and this is what has happened in this case. This is murder and they should be charged with that crime.I mean really, what the hell is wrong with these people? What is wrong with the human race.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 8:02 pm
I received your new comment, Wolf, which has failed to show up in the thread. I remember your initial comment very well, since I liked one of your remarks in it: "terrible, Horrific, ... and business as usual" & that "business as usual" inspired me in my comment. What you should do is ask the experts in the Feedback & Suggestions group why this is happening to your comments.
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I would like to share the following with everyone:
I posted this NYTimes interview in 2008 & it remains one of my favorite stories. With so much anti-immigrant, anti-Latino propaganda around, & so many hate crimes targeting them, it is soul-enhancing to read about this immigrant & hear him speaking. He is a model for young people everywhere & a living, breathing triumph of the human spirit, so uplifting in these terrible times! DO NOT hate: LOVE your fellow man, as Dr Quiñones-Hinojosa loves the people he tries to save. I’ve linked to the Times article, not the post, to make accessing it more convenient.

A Surgeon’s Path From Migrant Fields to Operating Room Excerpt: “At the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa has four positions. He is a neurosurgeon who teaches oncology and neurosurgery, directs a neurosurgery clinic and heads a laboratory studying brain tumors. He also performs nearly 250 brain operations a year. [24] years ago, Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa, now [44] , was an illegal immigrant working in the vegetable fields of the Central Valley in California. He became a citizen in 1997 while at Harvard.


Q. WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?

A. Mexicali. My father had a small gas station. The family’s stability vanished when there was a devaluation of the Mexican peso in the 1980s. My father lost the gas station, and we had no money for food. For a while, I sold hot dogs on the corner to help.

As the economic crisis deepened, there seemed no possibility for any future in Mexico. I had big dreams and I wanted more education. So in 1987, when I was 19, I went up to the border between Mexicali and the United States and hopped the fence.

Some years later, I was sitting at a lunch table with colleagues at Harvard Medical School. Someone asked how I’d come to Harvard. “I hopped the fence,” I said. Everyone laughed. They thought I was joking.

Q. AFTER YOU CROSSED THE BORDER, WHAT KIND OF WORK DID YOU FIND?

A. I was a farm laborer in the San Joaquin Valley, seven days a week, sunup to sundown. I lived in this little trailer I paid $300 a month for. It didn’t take long to see that farm work was a dead end.

After a year of it, I moved to Stockton, where I found a job loading sulfur and fish lard onto railroad freight cars. My eyes burned from the sulfur, and my clothes smelled from fish lard, but it paid me enough so that I was able to go to night classes at San Joaquin Delta Community College. There, I met this wonderful human being, Norm Nichols, the speech and debate coach. He took me into his family and mentored me. Norm helped me apply for and get accepted to the University of California, Berkeley.

…/…

Q. DID YOU FIND HARVARD TOUGH?
A. Not really. Compared to working in the fields, it was easy.

…/... ”

You can also see & hear Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa here @ Big Think speaking briefly & informally on this handful of topics:
> Balancing Work & Family When It’s a Matter of Life & Death - 2:47
> Advice for Future Doctors and Scientists - 1:46
> The Mental Game: Preparing for Brain Surgery - 1:49
> From Sci-Fi to Sci-Fact: Dr. Q on the Frontiers of Neuroscience - 3:06
> Understanding the Brain: From the O.R. to the Lab - 5:47
> Dr. Q on What Made Him Who He Is - 5:41
> From Migrant Worker to Brain Surgeon: Dr. Q on Growing Up - 4:29
 

. (2)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 9:46 pm
Thank you, but no.

I am against violence in any form at any time.

Yet I am greatly attracted to it.

Therefore, no, thank you.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 9:47 pm
I've just watched the YouTube video that John C left a link to up there, under the title, 'Anastasio's Story.'

The first part is an interview with one of the older children, a girl in her late teens or maybe early 20s. It made me cry with her - She found out about her Dad's death in the newspaper. She is all ripped up inside - just imagine that your dearest loved one dies in this way... & it is unspeakably sad.

I think that there may have been two marriages here because two of Anastasio's children are in their late teens & three are much younger, including 5-yr-old twins. Which would explain that although Anastasio lived in the States for 25 yrs, his wife, who must be the 2nd wife & the mother of the younger kids, did not & THAT's why she doesn't speak English.

The older girl interviewed speaks English without a Spanish accent. (Satisfied, Patty??)

The second part is an interview with eyewitness Humberto Navarrete, who was also on the Democracy Now! show I posted here, which means that this brave man has been testifying whenever & wherever to get the truth out, participating in videos & TV or radion shows since the murder in 2010!
It is very informative particularly on the claim of Anastasio Rojas' resisting (with two agents were sitting on him & beating him from that position at one point ??).
 

Virginia Esquer (8)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 11:59 pm
this is horrible what some immigrants have to endure to cross the border not just death in the desert but also death on the hands of the ins. so sad this is how much life is value.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 1:31 am
I finally summoned my courage and watched the whole Democracy Now! show early this morning.... and I'm sorry I didn't do it sooner.

It is much more a matter of important points being made through discussion than unbearable footage to watch: the beating took place at night and cell-phones don't take excellent images, so really you don't see the beating taking place at all -- you HEAR Anastasio crying for help & then sobbing. It does not last long at all : barely a minute on two occasions. So you don't have to endure the entire 30 minutes of brutality: none of the cell-phone videos lasts more than 1 minute. It is no worse than reading that he cried out for help, for that had already upset me no end, but I have survived.

On the other hand, it is VITAL to watch because of VERY important information that has not come out in this thread that comes out on the program. For example, I had imagined that the beating took place moments after he had been caught trying to cross illegally into the US. That is NOT THE CASE at all. He had been apprehended some time before and been placed in immigration detention. The terrible events took place when 2 Border Patrol agents returned him from the detention center to the border to deport him into Mexico. This is important - please read on, I'll explain:

First of all, the investigative journalist, John Carlos Frey, states that it is HIGHLY UNUSUAL for border agents to accompany a single deportee to the border to send him back.

And then he relates that while in immigration detention, Anastasio had already suffered abuse at the hands of a guard (or guards). Anastasio was injured by this guard or agents -- right on his old ankle wound, at one time operated on & bolts inserted. The abuse resulted in excruciating pain to this delicate ankle. He apparently knew his rights & knew that he had the right to file a complaint about abuse while in immigration detention. But the request was not accepted as it should have been - the guards or agents did not allow him to make his complaint.

Is it possible that the beating was premeditated? Did agents want to get back at him? Did the agents decide to take him back to the border & retaliate for what they certainly must have perceived as 'trouble making'?

And there are TWO eyewitness who make statements during the DN! program-- one is Humberto Navarrete, who is actually on the show & answers Amy Goodman's questions live, but there is another witness whom we see in an excerpt from the PBS documentary. This is a young woman who has only recently come forward with HER CELL-PHONE video. And Humberto Navarrette had to interrupt his filming when he went to ask an officer why they were continuing to beat a man who was down, why they were using 'escessive force,' as he said. Humberto Navarrette is a US citizen who was a National Guard for 4 years & trained in security.avoid having his cell-phone confiscated.

And we also learn that the Border Patrol agents CONFISCATED all the CELL-PHONES from other witnesses who were filming, for there were many people gathered at this border crossing, and hearing Anastasio's yelling/crying in pain, and pleading for help, people started yelling for the agents to stop & several of them had the citizen reflex to start filming. But there are at least 2 cell-phones they missed!

We also learn that the Justice Department has apparently no intention of investigating this crime and even though a civil suit has been filed with them, they are really dragging their heels; it seems to have been shelved & conveniently forgotten about. None of the evidence compiled by John Carlos Frey has ever been requested by the DOJ.
 

JL A. (274)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 5:09 am
downright scary in a country founded on democratic principles...
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 6:39 am
If not enough is being done to investigate the actions by ICE and the Border Patrol then pressure must be put on the Senators of the State of CA. Both women have been known in the past to stand up for Human Rights, I don't know, maybe they are aware, maybe not of this case. I know CA is a huge State with lots of issues, and Washington DC also keeps these women busy, so perhaps they are unaware.

Therefore it is vital that each of us take a few minute to write to these Senators, and I've listed the information below, and bring this to their attention. I know a decorated Iraq Veteran had made a clerical error on his paper to apply for a passport, he checked no instead of yes on a box that asked if he had applied for a passport in the past. He said, no as he never completed the passport process, never obtained the passport, as he joined the military and got tied up with that.

The Homeland Security got wind of this "clerical" mistake, and the man is facing 10 years in prison for the no answer in the box. Seriously! His only hope to straighten out this mess was that our Senator Mr. Nelson got involved in his case. So write to these Senators, it may be the only hope that this family has for some sort of justice or at least accountability. This needs to stop so that more families don't loose their loved ones at the hands of these thugs.

Boxer, Barbara - (D - CA)
112 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3553
Web Form: www.boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/
EASY TO FILL OUT FORM

Feinstein, Dianne - (D - CA)
331 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3841
Web Form: www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

This is her San Diego Office
750 B Street
Suite 1030
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 231-9712
Fax: (619) 231-1108
 

Dandelion G. (374)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 6:43 am
PS. I did mean to say the easy to fill out form is for CA residents only. But the other emails and addresses all can use. So contact your own Senators on this to pressure this Border Patrol situation to be fixed, and please if you have CA friends on C2 ask them to fill out the form. It's important that we each take a few minutes to do this, if it was your son, husband, uncle, or brother that this happened to, wouldn't you want people to stand up and add to your voice?
 

Myron Scott (70)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 7:27 am
As a resident of the U.S. Southwest since 1963, I wish I could say that such abuse of authority surprises.
Sadly, I cannot say that.

Thanks for the most and many of the comments. Wolf, good luck. I've had the same thing happen to some of my comments - not recently - and gotten no explanation or assistance. Usually I just reposted, and sometimes the repost stuck.
 

Myron Scott (70)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 7:30 am
"Thanks for the post...."
 

Barbara W. (342)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 9:22 am
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 9:28 am
'You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last week.'
Thanks for the info about writing to the two Senators; even if I'm not from CA - I just won't use the form.

Thanks for your input, Myron.
I'm not surprised to hear that because Amnesty International couldn't have invented all the evidence of abuse that they found & published in their report that I linked to up there somewhere, the one entitled “In Hostile Terrain: Human Rights Violations in Immigration Enforcement in the U.S. Southwest.”

And Phyllis B. had already left this scary comment : "I lived in San Diego in 1991 and visited Tijuana many times - coming back on the last trolley car late at night the car would stop in the middle of nowhere and police armed to the teeth came on board and pulled Mexicans off and bundled them int waiting wagos. It was most disturbing, especially as I had seen such poverty and deprivation in Mexico."
 

Carmen S. (607)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 2:09 pm
thanks PeasantDIva for bringing this to attention
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 7:27 pm
Bheck this out:
Wondering if U.S. authorities treat U.S. citizens any different?
San Diego -
Student Abandoned in DEA Jail Cell Drank Urine to Survive
Chong, 23, was never arrested, was not going to be charged with a crime and should have been released, said a law enforcement official who was briefed on the DEA case and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
 

KS Goh (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 6:24 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 9:30 pm
...land of the free, home of the brave.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday May 4, 2012, 12:23 am
All things considered, John, I think I'll forgo a visit to the San Diego aquarium... First the Border Patrol there trampling human rights, and now the DEA!!
San Diego deserves to get crossed off everybody's list: is it because there are so many military museums there that it is so fascist ?:

"DEA Apologizes to Student Who Nearly Died in Custody" (DN! Headlines May 03, 2012)

"The Drug Enforcement Administration has apologized to a San Diego college student who nearly lost his life after being left handcuffed in a cell for more than four days without food or water. The student, Daniel Chong, had been arrested in a drug raid along with six others. He was not charged with any crime and was due to be released. But instead, the DEA says agents forgot about Chong after placing him inside a holding cell in handcuffs. Chong says he could hear DEA staffers outside his cell, but no one answered his pleas for help. He drank his own urine in a bid to survive before finally being found just as he says he felt his life slipping away.

Daniel Chong: "That was when I really felt my life go. And for some reason, they heard me that time and turned on a light and found me. At first I was just relieved to be alive, 100 percent. But, you know, I started realizing what happened to me."

Chong says he plans to file suit against the DEA in the coming days."
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday May 4, 2012, 2:05 am
This thread has become exceedingly long, so let me put the vital links back here, so people can find them easily:
Petition Attorney General Eric Holder for Investigation into the death of Anastasio Hernández Rojas:

Attorney General Holder: I just watched a PBS video in which over a dozen Border Patrol agents beat and tasered Anastasio Hernández-Rojas while he laid face down and handcuffed behind his back, leading to his eventual death. The circumstances surrounding Anastasio’s death were already suspicious, but this video makes it very clear that the Department of Justice needs to conduct an investigation into this immediately. Anastasio's family and the country need to know what happened to Anastasio and we all need to ensure that such tragic incidents involving the Border Patrol stop now.
....................................................................................................................................................

Democracy Now! Coverage/Talk Show, April 24 ”Death on the Border: Shocking Video Shows Mexican Immigrant Beaten and Tased by Border Patrol Agents”
....................................................................................................................................................................

I finally found the PBS ‘Need to Know’ broadcast video page where you can watch the entire investigation (only 25 minutes long) and watched I did!

This is very important and everyone should watch it, because a number of points which remained vague are dealt with and most importantly, there is SERIOUS EVIDENCE of the likelihood of a PREMEDITATED act, of Anastasio having been SINGLED-OUT for RETALIATION by agents-

A Border Patrol agent was brutal with Anastasio while he was in Immigration Detention. The agent repeatedly kicked him in the ankles, KICKED THEM OUT, in fact, which was particularly painful since Anastasio had previously had surgery on one ankle & had pins in it holding it together. He was in excruciating pain, & requested medical attention. He knew his rights, which is likely what THE AGENTS DIDN’T LIKE, and he knew that even as an undocumented immigrant he had the right, while in a detention facility, to ask for & receive medical attention. He also had the right to file a complaint and he requested this, too. Both requests were denied, however.

The name of the agent who kicked Anastasio’s ankles is not known, but his NUMBER is: what is CHILLING is that it was this SAME agent who was one of the pair who took Anastasio back to the border under the cover of night and began beating him: this can only be interpreted as a special punishment, retaliation for the incident at the detention facility. It is NOT USUAL PROCEDURE for a pair of Border Patrol agents to accompany a sole immigrant back to the border for deportation. Illegal immigrants are normally deported in groups, and in the daytime. They removed him from the car in an empty holding area, usually filled with numerous illegal immigrants awaiting deportation. It is separated by a heavy metal fence & gate from the rest of the border crossing area, which is why people video-ed more the sounds than the images of the beating.

From the PBS investigation we also learn that Anastasio, who was 42 (not 32), had lived in the States from the age of 15. He had become a builder & consistently worked until the real estate & economic crisis of recent times caused the construction market to bottom out. There are photos of him posing proudly, putting finishing touches on an immaculate white room with a paint brush. He was proud of his job and proud to be able to provide for his family. This was NOT a welfare family (Sorry, Patty, the reality doesn’t coincide with your racist clichés: but how could racism thrive without these stereotypes that are always false??)
His only brush with the law came during the time of crisis when he had lost his work: on Mother’s Day 2010 he was caught shoplifting steak and a bottle of Tequila, both intended as gifts. So he wasn’t a ‘repeat’ offender (sorry, Patty, to ruin your stereotype!)

The investigation DOES give names & faces to the 7 OTHER VICTIMS of Border Patrol violence and even tells the CIRCUMSTANCES of their deaths: a few were shot to death from the US side of the border, while they were ON THE MEXICAN SIDE! And an interview with a woman from the Mexican government informs us that from the Mexican point of view, it is not 8, but 17 Mexicans who have been killed by the Border Patrol.

It is EASY to post comments on the PBS ‘Need to Know’ broadcast video page & many people have done so: 159, in fact (though several are repeat commentators involved in arguments).
I posted the url of the petition & asked people to sign & fight for justice for Anastasio, but my comment has apparently been removed (merde!). Fortunately, PBS has added an update that includes the petition link, with news of a press conference by Presente.org & María Puga, Anastasio’s widow, just a few days after the broadcast, 20 April.
 

Quanta Kiran (63)
Friday May 4, 2012, 3:11 am
Thanks.
 

Rita De Vos (87)
Friday May 4, 2012, 7:17 pm
Noted and signed! Thank you PeasantDiva for posting it in here!
There are so many valuable comments in here, I don't think I can add anything to this... it's scary that these things are happening in a democratic country and horrible too!!! People should never be treated like this.Thank you all for your comments!
 

Jae A. (323)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 3:12 pm
THis is happening to American citizens all too often..but for those who have no 'legal' voice and most vunerable to abuses to the point of murder in cases like this one it's more than painfully clear that our law enforement officers are out of control and prety much have the backing of their superiors all too often. War on the poor has been declair,openly by the rightwing for starters so this is not going to stop unless the people unite with more than just their opinins,as comments have shown to be on this one thread, but with our actions. Petitions and Joining an Occupy movement near you are two types of actions that speak louder than opinions and hopefully all aware of this type of sickening events will do both and anything else they can think of..personal letters/emails etc. to our local politicans as well as those in Federal positions etc. THe urgency is ..that before long they might just come for anyone of us next !!! Meaning it can happen to anyone , anywhere, most anytime in this nation currently. That is the saddest truth of all I think..this type of thing becoming the 'norm' for law enforement agencies nation wide.
 

Jae A. (323)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 3:21 pm
One important issue related to this for us all to keep in mind is that laws are being passed in states that make it a crime to 'film/record' police actions. This we must all fight against as these recordings of such actions are all the people have as to proof as to what really happend in many cases. THe people let the Surpreme court appoint one president to date and the people let the same court get away with giving the green light for corporations to buy any and or every politican...we can not afford to let them,the courts and 'law makers' to pass these 'no recording' laws regardless of the bogus reasons they give for wanting to do so.
 

wolfNoFwdsPls a. (135)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 3:15 am
and, here yet AAAAAGGGGGAAAAAIIIIIIINNN, one of my comments has (been) disappeared -- THERE IS SOMETHING very VERY VERRRY ROTTEN on KILL2, er pardon me: "care2"

Remarkably, in sharp contrast to doggedly deleting some comments, care2 does not even manage to delete spam-messages when the spammer's profile is deleted. This has been going on for YEARS. See also: my notes (blog) "Care2: suggestions for improvement", esp. items A-2, A-1

I dont re-post:

 

Tonya M. (71)
Monday May 7, 2012, 6:21 am
This is why we advocate for incarcerated children and youth in America. This type of treatment is routinely used in all forms of dentention facilities in the U.S.A. As U.S. citizens, we can no longer stand idolly by and do nothing. Children's Hope and Voice advocates to give the children and youth who suffer like this man, a voice. Stop the madness!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Monday May 7, 2012, 10:55 pm
I don't mind your plugging your advocacy group, it's a good cause -- but did you at least sign the petition to Eric Holder so that justice can be done in this case?
 

Myron Scott (70)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 1:23 am
KILL2. Heh! I like that, Wolf, and do know how it feels to have a comment disappeared. But you haven't lived until you've had it happen to a story submission thatm supposedly, has been accepted. Not sure how that even can happen, but it's happened to me. Recently.

Add trolls and spam and other familiar complaints and it's all getting a little old.

At least this issue is worth the effort.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday May 11, 2012, 3:51 pm
A new petition from Presente.org -

Please sign & forward, spread the word:

Tell Congress You Want Justice For Anastasio

After over 30,000 of you called for Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to conduct an open and thorough investigation into the Border Patrol's killing of Anastasio Hernández-Rojas, their only response has been silence. Silence in the face of the tasering, beating, and eventual death of Anastasio is unnaceptable.

Tell your member of Congress that you want them to join Rep. Raúl Grijalva in standing up for justice for Anastasio.

The Message
Dear Member of Congress:

I'm extremely troubled by the killing of Anastasio Hernández-Rojas by the Border Patrol. I'm even more troubled by the silence of Eric Holder and the Justice Department.

Please join Rep. Raúl Grijalva in giving a strong statement in support of justice for Anastasio. Please ensure there is a thorough and open investigation into Anastasio's death and that the over a dozen Border Patrol agents who surrounded, tasered, and beat him are held accountable.

..........................................................

Reuters - 2012-05-11 Lawmakers raise concerns about 2010 border death

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Sixteen Democratic lawmakers raised concerns on Thursday about the 2010 death of an illegal immigrant who was shocked with a stun gun by a border officer.

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the 15 House members and a senator asked what reforms her agency had instituted as a result of incidents of deadly force involving Customs and Border Protection officers.

The lawmakers said they were "deeply troubled" by a television report from PBS that chronicled the 2010 death of border crosser Anastasio Rojas just inside California.

The letter comes at a time of mounting pressure on Customs and Border Protection, following a request earlier in the day from the American Civil Liberties Union for a federal probe into complaints from people who said they were abused by border agents when they entered the United States legally from Mexico.

"Your department must take serious steps to determine how to make your agents more accountable, and to improve the transparency of the department," the lawmakers said. "Only by taking these steps can you regain the trust you have lost."

The letter was signed by New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez and 15 members of the House of Representatives, including Representatives Susan Davis of California and Raul Grijalva of Arizona.

The lawmakers said they were particularly troubled that, according to the PBS report, the initial account of Rojas' death in a government press release said he was not handcuffed, while internal interviews of officers at the scene showed he was cuffed when he was "beaten and tasered."

A Department of Homeland Security representative could not be reached for comment late on Thursday.

.../...
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 1:36 am
I hope that Arizona Rep Raùl Grijalva will be vocal in demanding justice for Anastasio Rojas & the identification and indictment of all Border Patrol agents both present without intervening and/or participating in the beating/murder.

His record indicates that he would be a strong asset to a campaign to end impunity for the Border Patrol.

From Wikipedia:

Raúl M. Grijalva's father was a migrant worker from Mexico who entered the United States in 1945 through the Bracero Program and labored on southern Arizona ranches.[1] Grijalva was born in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1967. He is a 2004 inductee to the Sunnyside High School Alumni Hall of Fame. He attended the University of Arizona and earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology. While at the University, he was a member of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA).
Grijalva co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus with Keith Ellison of Minnesota[5] and in 2008 was among 12 members rated by National Journal as tied for most liberal overall.[6] Liberal and progressive activist groups routinely give him high marks for his voting record. For the first session of the 111th Congress, Grijalva received a 100 percent score from Americans for Democratic Action, Peace Action, the League of Conservation Voters, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and several other notable groups.[7]

Grijalva is an advocate of mining law reform[8] and many other environmental causes. From his position on the House Committee on Natural Resources -- where he has been the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands since 2007 -- he has led Democratic efforts to strengthen federal offshore oil drilling oversight since before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill[9] and introduced a successful bill to create a permanent National Landscape Conservation System at the Bureau of Land Management.[10] He was a leading candidate for Secretary of the Interior when President Obama was elected, but the job eventually went to Ken Salazar[11] -- according to the Washington Post, President Obama made the decision in part because of Grijalva's stated preference for more environmental analysis before approving offshore drilling projects.[12]

He has been a vocal opponent of Arizona's SB 1070 law that mandates police checks of citizenship documentation for anyone subjected to a legitimate law enforcement stop, detention or arrest as long as the officer does not consider race, color or national origin during the stop, detention or arrest.[13] Shortly after the measure was signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Grijalva called on legal, political, activist and business groups not to hold their conventions or conferences in the state, a position that he said quickly became misconstrued as a call for a general boycott of the state economy.[14] He criticized the 2010 deployment of 1,200 National Guard units to the U.S.-Mexico border as "political symbolism" that he believed would not adequately address the issues of immigration and border security.[15]

Grijalva has frequently called for a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, and supports the wider implementation of the National Solidarity Program as a way to improve Afghans' economic and educational infrastructure.[16] The group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave him an "A" rating for the 2007-2008 Congressional session.

Health Care

As co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, Grijalva was a prominent supporter of a public option throughout the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[40] The House-approved Affordable Health Care for America Act included a public option — however, the Senate version did not include a similar provision, and it was ultimately not a part of the final reform package. Grijalva has largely been supportive of the health care reform law since its passage and argued the Supreme Court should not overturn it during a segment with Republican Rep. Peter Roskam, who opposes the law, for the PBS NewsHour on March 28, 2012.[41]

Grijalva has a long history in community health activism as an early supporter of Tucson's El Rio Community Health Center.[42] He supports single-payer health care, but voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act because he felt it was a major improvement over the status quo.[43]

[edit] Immigration

Grijalva supports the DREAM Act and the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act (CIR ASAP) and has recently come to greater prominence because of his role in promoting immigration reform.[44][45] He has opposed the expansion of a border fence, citing cost effectiveness concerns and potential damage to sensitive wildlife habitats.[46] The CIR ASAP bill includes his Border Security and Responsibility Act of 2009, which prioritizes remote cameras and other border monitoring techniques with a relatively slight environmental impact. The Immigrant Justice Advocacy Campaign gave him a 100 percent score for the first session of the 111th Congress. In previous years he voted against H.R. 4437 and the Secure Fence Act, and opposed Arizona Proposition 200 in 2004.

[edit] Native Americans

Grijalva is a strong supporter of sovereignty and government-to-government relationships. In April 2010 he introduced the RESPECT Act, which mandates that federal agencies consult with Native tribes before taking a variety of major actions.[47] The bill would codify a Clinton-era executive order that has never had the force of law.

[edit] SB 1070 and the Boycott Controversy

After the passage in April 2010 of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 law, which he saw as opening the door to racial profiling and granting traditionally federal immigration enforcement powers to local authorities,[48] Grijalva suggested that civic, religious, labor, Latino, and other like-minded organizations refrain from using Arizona as a convention site until the law was repealed.[49] His opposition to SB 1070 was widely viewed as the reason for multiple subsequent death threats against him and his staff, which led to several office closures in the spring of 2010.[50]
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Monday May 28, 2012, 1:54 pm
More was happening around the 10th-11th-12th of May, but I've only discovered this now! :

From Huffington Post, Latino Voices - Anastasio Hernandez Rojas Death: 16 Members Of Congress Call For Justice

From the web site of the Southern Border Communities Coalition Anastasio H. Rojas’ Mother Goes to Washington D.C. To Demand Justice

Breaking Updates
May 8, 2012: Rep. Silvestre Reyes’ Letter to AG Holder on Border Patrol killings

Contact
■Washington D.C. – Andrea Guerrero 619-405-0620, andrea@equalitysandiego.org
■San Diego, CA – Ricardo Favela 760-659-3620

Border Delegation
■Sra. Luz Rojas Hernandez, mother of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, who is visiting from San Luis Potosi, MX
■Sr. Bernardo Hernandez Rojas, younger brother of Anastasio who resides in San Diego
■Andrea Guerrero, co-chair of the Southern Border Communities Coalition from CA
■Mike Wilson, representative of the Southern Border Communities Coalition from AZ and member of the Tohono O’odham Nation on the US-Mexico border.
■Flickr Photoset of D.C. Delegation
■Interview with Luz Rojas on D.C. trip (Spanish)

Itinerary -

Wednesday, May 9 (EST)
9:30 am – Meet with Alvaro Botero, Human Rights Specialist, Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrants, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States, 1889 F Street NW, 202-458-3831.
11:30 am – Meet with Members of Congress (staff) hosted by Rep. Bob Filner’s office. 2428 Rayburn. Contact Clark Princell and Kim Messineo, 202-225-8045.
1:00 – 5:00 pm – Available for interviews provided that we have not set up additional meetings with MOCs

Thursday, May 10 (Mother’s Day in Latin America)
10:00 am – Press conference outside of Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. Anastasio’s family will deliver over 32,000 signatures calling for justice. Members of Congress present (TBD).
11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Available for interviews provided no other meetings are set up.
6:00 pm – Family departs DC from Reagan Airport

Washington D.C. – Luz Rojas, the mother of slain San Diego resident Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, who was brutally beaten and killed by Border Patrol agents near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in May 2010, is expected to meet with Members of Congress and the representatives of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights later this week.

The meeting between the family members comes on the eve of Mother’s Day and nearly two years after Border Patrol agents killed Anastasio Hernandez Rojas.

Mrs. Rojas, who has been an outspoken advocate on her son’s case in Mexico, will be traveling to Washington D.C. with members of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC). The delegation will urge Members of Congress to take immediate steps in assuring that the case of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas is resolved and those agents found of any wrongdoing are brought to justice.

Her trip is part of an effort to highlight the systematic abuses committed by Customs and Border Protection. Since 2010, Border Patrol agents have killed at least 8 border residents, not a single agent has been prosecuted. Last month, the Department of Justice justified the shooting-death of 15 year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Hüereca, who was shot in the face in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border region. This decision has been condemned by the SBCC and political leaders in Mexico.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 8:09 am

Coverage & Update from "the National Immigration Forum" site BLOG & UPDATES section:


AT Last!!! Follow-up: Grand Jury to Hear Case in Border Patrol Beating

{SCROLL DOWN to last item under heading "Immigration Policy Update: Secure Communities in Congress and Around the Country", July 13, 2012]

In a previous policy update (scroll down to last update item in May14 Blog&Updatess), there was a story about excessive use of force by the Border Patrol, which was the subject of a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) investigation on their program "Need to Know." This week, a federal grand jury was called to consider evidence in a beating death at the hands of the Border Patrol that was filmed by witnesses and aired by PBS. The grand jury was convened just days after another person died after being shot by a Border Patrol agent. For more information, see this press release by the Southern Border Communities Coalition. Need To Know is also scheduled to air another segment on Border Patrol on July 20.


the SBCC (Southern Border Communities Coalition) July 12, 2012 Press Release :
SBCC applauds grand jury probe into Anastasio Killing | Border Advocates Head to D.C. to Ask Congress to Control the Border Patrol

SOUTHERN U.S. BORDER – In response to the breaking news that a federal grand jury has been called to investigate the killing of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, the Southern Border Communities Coalition, a coalition of more than 60 organizations across the four southern border states, issued this statement.

“This is a positive and welcome development, and an indication that the Department of Justice is taking this investigation seriously,” stated Andrea Guerrero, co-chair of the SBCC and executive director of the Equality Alliance of San Diego County. “This news comes days before SBCC representatives head to Washington, D.C. to ask Congress to open an agency-wide investigation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency within the Department of Homeland Security.”

Guerrero and her SBCC colleague, Mike Wilson, the policy director at the Border Action Network in Arizona, traveled with the Hernandez family to D.C. eight weeks ago seeking answers to a killing that was two years old. “The Hernandez killing is not the only abuse perpetrated by border authorities, but it is emblematic of an agency out of control and operating with virtual impunity throughout the border region,” stated Wilson. “In our meeting with Justice officials in May, it was clear that they had not yet talked to any of the witnesses in the case. We were concerned about what they were doing to preserve the evidence two years after the brutal torture and killing of Hernandez.”

In that meeting, Hernandez’ mother, Maria Luz Rojas Hernandez, pointedly asked the Justice officials what more they were waiting for, referring to the video evidence released by PBS’s Need to Know program, ” Crossing the Line at the Border” in April showing over a dozen agents surrounding her son and torturing him while he lay face down, handcuffed and hogtied on the ground. “It took seconds to kill my son, but we are still waiting after two years for a response from the government.” Her cries for justice were echoed by over 33,000 people who signed an online petition at Presente.org and by 16 members of Congress who signed a letter calling for oversight and accountability.

The next week Justice officials began contacting witnesses and have now called a grand jury to consider whether the evidence warrants a criminal prosecution. “The grand jury is one step closer to justice,” stated Vicki Gaubeca, SBCC (the Southern Border Communities Coalition) co-chair and director of the ACLU of New Mexico’s Regional Center for Border Rights. “We hope that after seeing the video evidence and hearing witness testimony the grand jury will decide to indict and that justice will finally be served to the Hernandez family.”

“It is rare that the government decides to prosecute a border agent as we hope they will do here,” stated Krystal Gomez, an SBCC steering committee member and the advocacy and policy counsel for ACLU Texas in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Only recently did the Justice Department decline to prosecute agents in the case of 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca who was shot and killed in June of 2010 in the canal separating El Paso and Juarez. “Now we have another tragedy with the killing of Juan Pablo Perez Santillán, who died Saturday morning on the Mexican banks of the Rio Grande after being shot by border agents in Brownsville.”

The SBCC (the Southern Border Communities Coalition) had previously documented nine cases of unwarranted killings or serious injuries by border authorities since 2010. With the recent killing of Santillán and another person in California, that number now climbs to 11. In none of these cases has the Justice Department called a grand jury.

“The fact that they called a grand jury is significant,” stated Christian Ramirez, the Southern Border Communities Coalition program director. “If the grand jury decides to indict, it will signal to Border Patrol agents and other CBP agents, that they are not above the law.”

Next week SBCC representatives will travel to D.C. in advance of a new exposé of border abuse that will air on July 20th on PBS’ Need to Know. “We will call on Members of Congress to open an agency-wide investigation to address a culture of cruelty within CBP,” stated Guerrero. “How many people have to die, how many stories of torture and cruelty have to be told, before our government holds border agents accountable and controls the Border Patrol?.”

For more information about the SBCC -the Southern Border Communities Coalition- and its campaign to Bring Justice Home to the southern border region, visit www.bringjusticehome.us.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 3:29 pm
'Need to Know,' July 20, 2012: Crossing the Line, Part 2 :
On Friday, July 20, Need to Know will air our second investigation into alleged abuses by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Correspondent John Larson investigates stories of physical abuse, sexual assault and even torture.

"In the rush to stem the tide of undocumented immigrants, has Border Patrol committed widespread abuse on American soil? A former Border Patrol agent blows the whistle on unacceptable conditions in detention centers, including massive over-crowding and detainees who claim they were deprived of food and water.

This groundbreaking report has been produced -as with Part I- with assistance from the Nation Institute and the Investigative News Network.

'Sneak preview' of program available online at URL below & after July 20th broadcast, the entire Part 2 :
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/uncategorized
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 8:23 am
AP NewsBreak: Grand Jury Probes Border Death
SAN DIEGO July 12, 2012 (AP)

"A federal grand jury is investigating the death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was shot by U.S. border authorities with a stun gun, suggesting the government is considering criminal charges after more than two years of silence on the politically charged case.

Eugene Iredale, an attorney representing the family of victim Anastasio Hernandez, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that attorneys from the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division have been presenting evidence to the grand jury.

A person other than Iredale who is close to the Hernandez family said two eyewitnesses to the incident have been called to testify Thursday in San Diego. The person, who spoke directly with the witnesses, requested anonymity because grand jury proceedings are supposed to be secret.

One expected witness is Humberto Navarrete, whose grainy cellphone video at the San Ysidro port of entry captured audio of a man believed to be Hernandez pleading for help and passersby asking that he be left alone, one person said. The other was a companion of Navarrete that night.

Mitchell Rivard, a Justice Department spokesman, said the case remains under investigation and declined further comment.

.../...

The coroner's report, citing a San Diego police detective, said Hernandez was "agitated and confrontational" after he was detained by Border Patrol agents crossing the border illegally and became "suddenly violent" when his handcuffs were removed at the border crossing.

It is unclear if the evidence being presented to the grand jury will lead to criminal charges or who is the target of the investigation. Still, the convening of a grand jury suggests the government is interested in bringing charges.

"When a prosecutor looks at a case, you can decide no crime has been committed, you close the case and move on. That obviously hasn't happened in this case," said Peter Nunez, a former U.S. attorney in San Diego who is not involved in the case. "The fact that there's a grand jury means it has progressed to the next level, if you will."

Nunez cautioned that prosecutors may have determined there wasn't enough evidence to justify charges but sought political cover with a grand jury.

"This case has so much publicity attached to it," he said. "You can see a prosecutor saying, 'There's not enough evidence to justify criminal charges ... I'm going to present the case to the grand jury, with the idea that the grand jury may decide not to indict.' The prosecutors are shielded from criticism to some degree."

Hernandez's widow, Maria Puga, scheduled a news conference Thursday to comment to on the grand jury investigation. Equality Alliance, a group that has worked closely her, called the news "a significant step forward."
(news conference on YouTube, with SBCC, American Friends Service Committee & local ACLU spokespeople joining Maria Puga in giving their reactions to grand jury)

The decision to present evidence to a grand jury and potentially charge Customs and Border Protection officials comes at a time when the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder are under intense criticism from Republicans for...

.../...

Navarrete released his cellphone audio to reporters immediately after Hernandez died.

Sixteen members of Congress wrote Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to say Hernandez's death "may be emblematic of broader structural problems."

It is extremely rare for U.S. border authorities to face criminal charges for deaths or injuries to migrants. In April, federal prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges against a Border Patrol agent in the 2010 shooting death of a 15-year-old Mexican in Texas."

 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Monday October 29, 2012, 11:05 pm
Omg, another victim of the Border Patrol, this one a US citizen, shot down broad daylight in a densely populated area of a San Diego suburb during a plainclothes operation ! Democracy Now! show, with guests Christian Ramirez, director of Southern Border Communities Coalition, human rights director of Alliance San Diego, & the victim's father, a corrections officer: Valeria 'Munique' Tachiquin: US Agent Kills US Citizen, Young Mother of 5, in Latest of Growing Border Deaths
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday June 28, 2013, 5:27 am
Since Anastasio's death, other people have been abused & murdered by out-of-control border agents, who -sad to say- benefit from total impunity in all the cases. One very sad example: Valeria 'Munique' Tachiquin: US Agent Kills US Citizen, Young Mother of 5, in Latest of Growing Border Deaths, which is my October 2012 post of Democracy Now!'s coverage:

"In the wake of the dramatic increase in deaths at the hands of U.S Border Patrol agents, the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to launch a long-awaited investigation into the agency’s use of force. The investigation comes after community outcry led to formal requests by members of Congress concerned about what they see as a pattern of excessive force by Border Patrol agents.

Since 2010, at least 18 people have been killed by border agents, including, most recently, 16-year-old José Rodríguez. He was reportedly shot no fewer than seven times for allegedly throwing rocks at an agent.

Another recent case that has sparked outcry is that of Valeria "Munique" Tachiquin. She was was killed by a Border Patrol agent on September 28th in broad daylight in a residential area several miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. She was a U.S. citizen, mother of five, the youngest four years old. The man who killed her, agent Justin Tackett, reportedly had a history of misconduct in his previous career as a California sheriff’s deputy but was nonetheless hired by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The Tachiquin family’s attorney, Gene Iredale, has started the process to file a lawsuit against the Border Patrol. He recently explained why to ABC News 10.
Guests:
Christian Ramirez, director of Southern Border Communities Coalition, human rights director of Alliance San Diego, &
Munique's father Valentin, a corrections officer.

Feb 28, 2013 - Valentin Tachiquin Speaks Out - this video contains not only Valeria Munique Tachiquin's father Valentin Tachiquina's plea for justice, accountability and an end to more border enforcement killings & beatings, but EXCERPTS from ABC TV news' investigation about the agent who killed Munique (the 'overzealousness' he had demonstrated in the Border Patrol & a previous law enforcement job, where he was fired for abusing people, which should have prevented his ever being hired as a border patrol agent) and the LIES he has told about the circumstances of Munique's murder: he claims he shot her (nine times) from the hood of her car, after she ran into him, but an EYEWITNESS tells ABC that he was standing when he shot her.

"Between February 26th-28th, 2013, the families of Valeria Munique Tachiquin, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and Jose Gutierrez Guzman were in Washington D.C. to ask for justice from members of Congress and the White House. Both Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and Valeria Munique Tachiquin were brutally killed at the hands of Border Patrol agents and Jose Gutierrez Guzman survived a horrendous beating that left him in a coma for many days.



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May 29, 2013 Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) Press Conference on YouTube - "3 Years after the Killing of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, Calls for Justice Mount"

Although he is not present in the official list of participants, Valeria “Munique” Tachiquin Alvarado's father, Valentin Tachiquin, was there & made an impassioned plea for justice, beginning & ending with 'I miss my daughter,' & calling out repeatedly 'Please, please' - please help us get justice, so that border guard murders of Latino people end and perpetrators no longer benefit from impunity.

What: Press conference with the family of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and supporters to mark 3 years since border agents brutally beat and killed Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, and to heighten the call for justice, oversight, and accountability.

Who: Maria Puga, widow of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas; Christian Ramirez (Director of Human Rights at Alliance San Diego and Southern Border Communities Coalition Director); Adriana Jasso (Interim Director, San Diego Office of the American Friends Service Committee); Pedro Rios (Chairperson, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium); Rabbi Laurie Coskey (Executive Director, Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice)

When: 10:30 AM, Wednesday, May 29

Where: Alliance San Diego Office, 3750 30th St. San Diego, CA 92104

San Diego: This week marks 3 years since longtime San Diego resident and father, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, was brutally beaten and killed by over a dozen border agents at the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry. This tragic event and Anastasio's calls for help were video-recorded with cell phone cameras by passersby. The most damaging video was released two years after the incident and aired nationally on PBS' Need to Know, which brought national attention to the brutality and lack of accountability within Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which houses Border Patrol.

In light of the current immigration reform debate happening in Congress, Anastasio's family and members of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) will make joint statements reflecting on what this incident has inspired: a congressional inquiry, a federal grand jury investigation, and now legislative proposals to better train agents and hold them accountable for excessive use of force. They will reflect on what remains to be done to achieve justice for Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and the many others who have been victimized by border agents, and to ensure that the culture of impunity within Border Patrol and CBP ends.

In addition to a press conference tomorrow, a candlelight vigil will be held on Friday, May 31 at 6:30 PM at the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry. The following week, a border-wide delegation from the SBCC will travel to D.C. to meet with Members of Congress in the House of Representatives and the Senate to seek support for immigration reform provisions that increase training, oversight and accountability of border agents.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday June 28, 2013, 5:35 am
Three years --T H R E E YEARS !! -- and still no justice for Anastasio & his family! This is the US?

WHAT IS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DOING ABOUT THIS ?
WHY IS THEIR INVESTIGATION TAKING SO LONG? WHO ARE THEY KIDDING?

WHAT ABOUT HOMELAND SECURITY? HOW CAN THEY FAIL TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST MURDEROUS BORDER AGENTS? WHEN WILL THERE BE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THIS ATROCITY? SO FAR, ALL THEY HAVE SHOWN, ALL THEY HAVE GIVEN IS IMPUNITY FOR SADISTIC MURDERERS!

3 years is so very long --much too long-- to wait for justice in this case. In these 3 years, the border agents who brutally & sadistically beat Anastasio to death have been enjoying their lives, their families, their free time with total impunity. The border guards who actually did the beating as well as those who stood by & watched at close range! They all deserve maximum penalties for their horrendous deed- yet they are still free & have never been held accountable for this terrible murder. UNCONSCIONABLE!
 
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