Is Justin Tackett the Border Patrol Thug Who Gunned Down Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin)?

Valeria Monique Alvarado, Mother of Five, Border Patrol's Latest Murder Victim

Just putting the pieces together …  You can reach your own decision.

If anyone has a home address for Justin & Christian Tackett in Chula Vista, please post it in a response (responses are moderated and your response will not be public).   I will re-post the information in the blog if I can verify it.

760 KFMB: Border agent accused in fatal shooting has history of misconduct (Oct 6 2012)

An anonymous tipster revealed the name of the plain clothes agent this week to Alliance San Diego, a local human rights group. Court records show the agent has a history of serious misconduct in his previous job as an Imperial County deputy sheriff. News 8 tried to speak with the agent at his home in Chula Vista but no one answered the door. News 8 is not identifying him because he works as a plain clothes agent and publishing his name could put him and his job at risk. The 34-year-old, married agent is accused of opening fire on a vehicle in Chula Vista on September 28 during a U.S. Border Patrol sweep of an apartment in the 600 block of Moss St.

The lawyer for Tachiquin-Alvarado’s family told News 8 that the agent identified as the shooter had a history of misconduct when he worked as a deputy ten years ago. “If this person is the shooter, he has a history of insubordination, a history of writing false reports, a history of improperly seizing, arresting and detaining people,” said attorney Eugene Iredale.

News 8 has confirmed the person in question is, in fact, a federal agent. “(The name) came from an anonymous phone call and it came from an analysis of the appearance of a person in photographs taken by bystanders after the event,” Iredale said.

Court records show the agent received several suspension and termination notices between 2001 and 2003, when he worked as a deputy in Imperial County. He resigned in 2003 and then filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit in Federal court.

The termination notices accused the then deputy of “unprofessional conduct, dishonesty, violation of or refusal to obey reasonable regulations, insubordination, violation of rules, incompetence, and failure to follow proper procedures of arrest, search, and seizure and treatment of persons in custody,” the court records state.

On December 28, 2001, the then deputy arrested a Brawley resident and an altercation resulted. An investigation found that the deputy’s “own actions instigated the incident” and that his actions “unnecessarily exposed himself and the Sheriff’s Department to a citizen complaint or civil suit,” the records said.

On June 16, 2003, a man arrested a month earlier by the deputy filed a complaint alleging the deputy “‘acted inhumanely and endangered (his) life’ by conducting an illegal search and placing him in a patrol vehicle with no air conditioning causing (him) to suffer from heat exposure,” according to the records.

On July 27, 2003, “Plaintiff conducted a traffic stop on (a man), searched his hotel room, and arrested him. The district attorney to whom the case was referred rejected the charges, citing that the ‘[Fourth Amendment] violations [are] almost too numerous to list,’” the court record continues.

“This is a person who should never have been hired in the first place for a law enforcement job,” said attorney Iredale, who plans to file civil action on behalf of Tachiquin-Alvarado’s family.

“Why won’t they tell us the previous law enforcement record of the man who shot and killed her?” Iredale asked. “Instead of trying to find the truth, they’re trying to make one side look bad, when you defame a dead person who can’t even speak for themselves; and then hiding the identity, and the background of possible serious misconduct,” he said.

NBC San Diego: Alvarado Family Demands Name of Shooter, Police Deny Request (Oct 5 2012)

A family’s mournful plea for the name of the U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a woman in South Bay on Sept. 28 was met with a statement from the Chula Vista Police Department that the investigating agency fears for the officer’s life and will not release his name at this time.

“While we recognize that the names of law enforcement personnel involved in shootings are generally subject to disclosure, the law does provide an exception when there is concern for the officer’s safety,” the statement read.

The police department also asked that the media not release the agent’s name unless it is disclosed by the District Attorney’s office as part of a mandatory review, or as part of any civil action.

“By putting his name out there, you are putting his life in danger,” Chula Vista Police Department Capt. Gary Wedge said Friday.

So what Bubba Wedge seems to be saying is that the thug should live in peace while the citizenry are terrorized and murdered?  No dice.

In the decision below, the text is quoted but I’ve bulleted the points for easier reading.

Tackett v. County of Imperial (docketed Nov. 14 2006)

  • During his training and patrol duty, Plaintiff was involved in four vehicle accidents.
  • Following the third incident, Plaintiff was suspended for two days on November 16, 2001.
  • On November 1, 2001, Plaintiff rolled his vehicle over while responding to a call, causing substantial damage to the vehicle.
  • Following a review by the Significant Events Review and a pre-disciplinary meeting, Plaintiff was suspended on October 18, 2002 for five days.
  • Plaintiff again faced disciplinary action following his arrest of Randall Lackey on December 28, 2001. Plaintiff responded to a request by the Brawley Police Department to investigate whether a vehicle parked at a residence was involved in an earlier hit and run. (See Pl.’s Opp’n at 6; Defs.’ Mem. Supp. Mot. Summ. J. at 5.) Plaintiff’s investigation resulted in an altercation with Mr. Lackey, the owner of the residence. Mr. Lackey was handcuffed and subsequently released pursuant to an order by Plaintiff’s supervisor, Sgt. Myron King. In a Memorandum to Chief Housouer, Sgt. King stated that the incident was avoidable, that Plaintiff failed to follow orders to wait for Brawley Police to arrive, that Plaintiffs “own actions instigated the incident,” and that “Deputy Tackett’s actions unnecessarily exposed himself and the Sheriff’s Department to a citizen complaint or civil suit.” (See Ex. 14 at 363-64). An Internal Affairs investigation found that Plaintiff had “insufficient evidence to detain Mr. Lackey” and violated several of the Department’s Rules of Conduct, including incompetence, unbecoming conduct, and failure to make an arrest in accordance with the law and department procedures. (Ex. 17 at 388-90.) Following a departmental investigation and pre-disciplinary hearing (see Ex. 19), Sheriff Harold Carter suspended Plaintiff for two days on April 5, 2003 (see Ex. 21 at 1). Plaintiff alleges that his actions were criticized because Mr. Lackey was “the brother-in-law of Sgt. King’s dear friend and best man at his wedding, Tony Rohoutas, a well connected individual in Imperial County.” (Pl.’s Opp’n at 7.) Plaintiff states that he “refused to look the other way on this matter and pressed the case to the District Attorney’s office,” and was “labeled as a deputy who would not go along with the corrupt program engaged in by County officials.”
  • In January of 2002, Plaintiff faced disciplinary action for his involvement in a probation search. (See Pl.’s Opp’n at 8.) An investigation found that Plaintiff had “willfully disobeyed a direct order from Sgt. Manuel Avila, and provided false information to Sgt. Delfino O. Matus during the course of Deputy Tackett’s interview.” (Ex. 24 at 841.) The investigation further found that “Sgt. Avila had ordered Deputy Tackett during the latter part of 2001, and January 2002, not to be conducting probation or parol searches.” (Id.) The investigation ultimately found that Plaintiff violated several of the Department’s Rules of Conduct, including insubordination and unbecoming conduct. (Id. at 843.) As a result, Plaintiff was issued two Notices of Intent to Terminate, but was later suspended for thirty days in lieu of termination.
  • On May 22, 2003, Plaintiff was involved in the arrest of Reno Bertussi, a private citizen suspected of assault and theft of property. (See Pl.’s Opp’n at 11; Defs.’ Mem. Supp. Mot. Summ. J. at 8.) On June 16, 2003, Mr. Bertussi filed a complaint against Plaintiff alleging that Plaintiff and Officer Bostic “acted inhumanely and endangered [his] life” by conducting an illegal search and placing him in a patrol vehicle with no air conditioning causing Mr. Bertussi to suffer from heat exposure. (Ex. 31 at 1-2.) Plaintiff alleges that the following day he learned that Mr. Bertussi was the brother-in-law of Hank Kuiper, a member of the Board of Supervisors, and that Mr. Kuiper asked that the charges against Mr. Bertussi be dropped. (See Pl.’s Opp’n at 11-12.) Plaintiff also alleges that, in a break from departmental policy, an Internal Affairs investigation was commenced while the charges against Mr. Bertussi were still pending. (Id.)
  • On July 27, 2003, Plaintiff conducted a traffic stop on Ernesto Macias, searched his hotel room, and arrested him. (See Pl.’s Opp’n at 12.) The district attorney to whom the case was referred rejected the charges, citing that the “[Fourth Amendment] violations [are] almost too numerous to list.” (Ex. 28.) Independent investigations were commenced into both the Bertussi and Macias incidents. (See Exs. 29, 33.) As a result of the two incidents, Plaintiff was issued two Notices of Termination, citing as causes for the proposed discipline: unprofessional conduct, dishonesty, violation of or refusal to obey reasonable regulations, insubordination, violation of rules, incompetence, and failure to follow proper procedures for arrest, search, and seizure and treatment of persons in custody. (See Exs. 30, 34.)

To read the complete court decision:  Tackett v. County of Imperial

Indeed, the feds did hire this guy after his stellar performance for Imperial County:

Imperial Valley Press:  Engagement: Christian Uriarte and Justin Tackett (June 3 2008)

Martina and Alvaro Uriarte of Brawley, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christian Uriarte to Justin Tackett, son of Donna and Gary Tackett, also of Brawley.

The future bride, Christian, graduated from Brawley Union High School in 2000 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University n Imperial Valley Campus in 2006. She is currently attending Cal State Fullerton for her teaching credential and is working as a substitute teacher for the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

The future groom, Justin, is a 1996 graduate of Brawley Union High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University in 2004. He is currently working for the federal government.

The couple is planning to marry at the Admiral Kidd Club, in San Diego, on May 9th, 2009 and honeymoon in Hawaii.

Imperial Valley Press:  Christian and Justin wed May 9 in San Diego (June 19 2009)

Christian Uriarte and Justin Tackett were united in marriage May 9, 2009 at San Diego First Church of the Nazarene in Point Loma. Pastor Robert Feist of First Christian Church of Brawley officiated the traditional wedding ceremony.

Christian, daughter of Alvaro and Martina Uriarte of Brawley wore an ivory Italian satin A-line gown. The gown was all-beaded and featured a sweetheart neckline with a asymmetrical draped bodice, dopped waist and cathedral train. She donned an ivory fingertip veil and carried a bouquet with ivory roses, hydrangea, orchids, and calla lilies.

The wedding party included best friend of the bride, Sylvanda Edwards as matron of honor and brothers of the groom, Chad Tackett and William “Billy” Tackett as best men. Bridemaids were sister of the bride, Nancy Arriaga, friend of the bride, Jennifer Padilla-Sandoval, and cousins of the bride, Rosa Barrera, Johanna Cazares, and Cynthia Cazares. Groomsmen included Mark Jackson Myers, Steven “Hoss” Myers, Eric Granado, and Joseph Pistole, all friends of the groom. Chloe Roper, cousin of the groom, served as flower girl while Aiden Arriaga, nephew of the bride, served as ringbearer. Jason Lushia and Gary Hamilton were ushers for the wedding.

Christian graduated from Brawley Union High School in 2000 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University in 2006. She is employed as an elementary teacher.

Justin, son of Gary and Donna Tackett of Brawley, is a 1996 graduate of Brawley Union High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University in 2005. He is currently working for the federal government.

A reception was held at the Admiral Kidd Club in San Diego. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in the Hawaiian islands of O’ahu and The Big Island before returning May 24, 2009 to San Diego where they now make their home.

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6 Responses to Is Justin Tackett the Border Patrol Thug Who Gunned Down Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin)?

  1. MG says:

    I’m writing this fully assuming that you won’t publish this comment because it criticizes your post…

    How about you wait until the investigation is complete before you start grabbing your torches and pitchforks? Valeria’s husband was not there when it happened, so he doesn’t know for sure what happened. The Border Patrol has their version of the events, and then there are versions from the various witnesses. The Chula Vista Police Department is NOT pro-Border Patrol by any means, so you’re wasting your time if you think that the CVPD will side with the agent simply because he’s law enforcement.

    As far as posting information about his family, that’s incredibly irresponsible. If you want to look up those bits of information to confirm his name, fine. But to put it out there is reckless (even though it was public information, you made and posted the link between the two). You know there are all sorts of crazy people out there who might see this information and do something horrible with it. Your intent is not to see harm brought to his innocent family members, right? Yes, go ahead and tell me that Valeria was innocent, what about her, etc… that’s fine, that’s your opinion. But until the investigation is complete, it’s simply dumb to make accusations that could incite some of the slightly-less-than-stable members of the community that might want to exact some sort of misplaced revenge.

    • None says:

      MG harm has already been done to an innocent family. And I pray to God that this man goes to jail for what he has done. AND YES VALERIA WAS VERY MUCH INNOCENT AND I HOPE YOU ONE DAY DO NOT GO THROUGH WHAT HER FAMILY AND CHILDREN ARE GOING THROUGH. AND THESE COMMENTS YOUR MAKING SHOW HOW IGNORANT YOU ARE. Valeria has children who read these hurtful comments and its sad for them to see how cruel and judgmental people LIKE YOU can be.

  2. M says:

    Your assumption was incorrect.

    You’re confusing two separate issues — the investigation of the killing of Valeria Munique Alvarado and the identification of the Border Patrol’s killers that are by policy permitted to remain anonymous.

    Regarding the investigation by the Chula Vista Police Department, I fully expect the murder of Valeria Munique Alvarado to be rubber stamped and swept under the rug, just as the San Diego Police Department did when 12 Border Patrol thugs (who remain anonymous killers to this day) did when Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was beaten to death. The CVPD might surprise me, but I doubt it.

    The public has a right to know who these killers are who are operating in our midst, especially when they have been fired by a past employer for series of misconduct and civil rights violations (all re-iterated in Tackett v. County of Imperial, available above). Even if he turns out not to be the triggerman, it’s still disturbing that someone with his background was able to secure another job in law enforcement and be back on the streets with a gun and a badge. What’s not surprising is that his new employer was the Border Patrol, which has admitted skipping background checks for many of its hires. They’ve promised to complete them by sometime in 2013, obviously too late to be of any benefit in this case.

    As far as exposing him, too bad, tough noogies, etc. Bad cops need to be exposed.

    He was all but exposed by the KFMB article. Given that info, it took all of five minutes to figure out his name and another five minutes or less until I had the full text of Tackett v. County of Imperial in hand and confirmed that it matched verbatim much of the material in the article. KFMB did a great public service by assembling the information in that article.

    If I wanted to publish personal info indiscriminately, I’d post his wife’s employer’s name & address & her work email, but I’ve chosen not to. However, I’d love to link a Google Streetview of his home, so my request still stands — if anyone has the address, please send it.

  3. Justice for Edmund Gutierrez says:

    One of Tackett’s groomsmen, a cop with a long history of serious misconduct, Eric Granado, beat a 22 year old to death at a traffic stop. After he had handcuffed Edmund Gutierrez, he TASERed him 15 times. He claimed Edmund fell down and received most of his injuries. The medical examiner identified 11 baton marks. An eye witness saw the victim on his back with his hands cuffed behind him barely moving while Granado and his partner bludgeoned Edmund over and over with steel batons. Granado had his girlfriend in his patrol car at 4AM and did not notify his dispatcher he had pulled anyone over until 8 minutes after he TASERed Edmund for the 15th time. Homicide ruled justified by a DA who assigned 3 former cops who had worked with Granado in the past as investigators. Fuck the police. They are a criminal gang of murdering thugs.

  4. Justice for Edmund Gutierrez says:

    Tackett worked for former Rep. Duncan Hunter. He got the maniac the job.

  5. Charles Moakler, Louisville, Kentucky says:

    So now it is six months. Not a word from the investigation of Mrs. Alvarado’s killing. No determination of “justifiable hommicide.” I was in the military so I understand what a coverup looks like. I guess they will give the family a huge cash settlement and hope that the town doesn’t riot.

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