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    Do US border patrols have immunity from prosecution?

    They do seem to keep killing people (by which I mean Mexicans) in extraordinary circumstances and getting away with it. Are we meant to say oh well, never mind, they were only Mexicans? Or can they shoot US citizens with the same impunity too?
    A grainy mobile phone video has cast doubt on a US border patrol agent's claim that he shot dead a 14-year-old Mexican boy after he was threatened by a group of illegal immigrants [...] US authorities say the agent was acting in self-defence as he sought to repel a group of would-be migrants hurling rocks.

    The video, taken from a nearby pedestrian bridge shows three people running from the US bank of the river, towards Mexico, chased by border patrol agents. One of them is caught by an agent who drags him along the ground, keeping one arm outstretched towards Mexico with what looks like a gun in his hand. The sound of shots follows and a voice is heard shouting: "He's hit him, the idiot, he's hit him." Another voice adds: "It's because they are throwing stones."

    The video contradicts an account by FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons who previously said: "This agent, who had the second subject detained on the ground, gave verbal commands to the remaining subjects to stop and retreat. However, the subjects surrounded the agent and continued to throw rocks at him. The agent then fired his service weapon several times, striking one subject who later died."

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    Re: Do US border patrols have immunity from prosecution?

    If all that was crossing our borders were poor peons just looking to make a better life for their families, as the press often suggests, we could afford to be kind and gentle with illegals. But, we've seen some of the pure crap that flows over the border, and the crime and violence. It's a war zone, make no mistake.

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    Re: Do US border patrols have immunity from prosecution?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoppy View Post
    If all that was crossing our borders were poor peons just looking to make a better life for their families, as the press often suggests, we could afford to be kind and gentle with illegals. But, we've seen some of the pure crap that flows over the border, and the crime and violence. It's a war zone, make no mistake.
    And this 14 year old was pure crap, was he? As far as I can see he wasn't ever in the USA, nor intending to go there, despite all the attempted press implication that he was a fugitive refusing orders from a law officer.

    And the statement was accurate, in your opinion? "This agent, who had the second subject detained on the ground, gave verbal commands to the remaining subjects to stop and retreat. However, the subjects surrounded the agent and continued to throw rocks at him. The agent then fired his service weapon several times, striking one subject who later died"? Regardless of the video showing otherwise, that the agent fired across the border and was never surrounded in the first place?
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    Re: Do US border patrols have immunity from prosecution?

    Where's the video?
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    Re: Do US border patrols have immunity from prosecution?

    Quote Originally Posted by flopstock View Post
    Where's the video?
    Is it not being played at the top of every hour on your outraged news channels? What a surprise.

    I've no idea where it is, I've not seen it either.
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    YouTube - Footage of Mexican teen shot by US border patrol released

    I think this is it. I couldn't tell what the heck happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YZGI View Post
    I think this is it. I couldn't tell what the heck happened.
    My computer has insufficient oomph to run a flash player but I'll take your word for it.
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    Re: Do US border patrols have immunity from prosecution?

    This is some of what goes on there. Take a vacation, spend a month on that border sometime. Then judge us.

    With Mexican Troops Regularly Crossing the Border and Bounties on Border Patrol Officers' Heads, It's Clear Who the Extremists Really Are

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    Re: Do US border patrols have immunity from prosecution?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoppy View Post
    This is some of what goes on there. Take a vacation, spend a month on that border sometime. Then judge us.
    So, do US border patrols have immunity from prosecution? When was the last time one came up in court as a result of killing anybody?
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    Re: Do US border patrols have immunity from prosecution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    So, do US border patrols have immunity from prosecution? When was the last time one came up in court as a result of killing anybody?
    No they don't Spot.

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