Several development in the last couple weeks suggest that perhaps American society has had enough of the Border Patrol’s unbridled abusive behavior.
In San Diego a grand jury has been convened to investigate the murder of Anastacio Hernandez Rojas, who was beaten and tased to death by a gang of more than a dozen Border Patrol thugs two years ago.
So many people are being shot & killed by Border Patrol agents that even their union head recognizes that change is necessary:
George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing 17,000 Border Patrol agents and support staff, believes reforms leading to fewer fatal shootings by the Border Patrol are in order.
“If our employees are being put in positions where this is going to be a semi-normal action then we need to rethink as an agency how we’re doing business out there,” he said.
And even if he’s not that perceptive, he obviously knows which way the wind is blowing.
In the last couple days, freelance journalist Roxana Popescu and Investigative Newsource have published a couple in-depth analyses of the current state of the Border Patrol. These are well worth reading:
MSNBC: Deadly patrols: Illegal immigrant shot by US agent recounts ‘terror’ in the desert (July 17 2012)
Investigative Newsource: Investigative Newsource: Deadly Patrols: The one who lived to tell (July 18
Tuscon Sentinel: Prosecutions rare in Border Patrol shootings: Political climate, trust and evidence contribute to lack of accountability (July 19 2012)
Texas Observer: Deadly Patrols: Civilian Deaths at the Hands of U.S. Border Patrol Agents (July 19 2012)
And last but not least: Please watch Part 2 of the PBS documentary Crossing the Line this evening:
If you miss it, be sure to check back here for a link when it is available online.