Mexican government outraged over Border Patrol shooting of teenager

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, October 12, 2012 16:32 EDT
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The Mexican Foreign Ministry condemned the U.S. Border Patrol Thursday over the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy from across the border.

“The disproportionate use of lethal force by immigration officials is unacceptable under any circumstances,” the ministry said in a statement. “Cases of this type have provoked the displeasure of the Mexican society, all branches of government and all political forces, especially given their recurrence. The event must be fully explained and there must be perfect clarity about the policies and actions the U.S. government is taking to address this serious bilateral problem.”

According to the Associated Press, Border Patrol officials said the boy was part of a crowed throwing rocks at two agents investigating reports of suspected drug trafficking in Nogales, Arizona, near the Rio Grande Wednesday night.

Though a Border Patrol statement did not confirm any deaths related to the incident, the attorney general’s office in the Mexican state of Sonora released a statement Thursday saying Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican national, was found dead at the border from gunshot wounds around midnight Wednesday.

Russia Today reported that Nogales mayor Ramón Guzman Muñoz also criticized the agent’s actions.

“Aside from the fact that this may have resulted from an illicit act, the logical response isn’t to take a human being’s life,” he said. “I hope they don’t say this was legitimate self-defense.”

The incident marks the fourth fatal shooting involving Border Patrol agents this year.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story had video incorrectly reported to be related to this shooting. The video has been removed.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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