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Border Patrol Shooting Kills 15-Year-Old Mexican Boy at Ciudad Juarez / El Paso, TX border crossingTim King Salem-News.com
As in Palestine, even when residents are poor as dirt... They can still pick up rocks.
(CIUDAD / SALEM) - The Mexican border is seeing a problem involving rock throwers aiming at U.S. Border Patrol. In recent days, a 15-year-old Mexican boy was shot dead by a Border Patrol agent who retaliated to apparent rock throwing with live fire, killing the youth and launching an international incident.
The boy, Sergio Adrian Hernandez, was killed Monday by agents at the Ciudad Juarez/El Paso border crossing.
The Mexican government is condemning the act, saying live gunfire is the last thing that should be used in an incident of this nature.
The 15-year old's family is outraged.
I quickly considered an interesting parallel; how every Friday in Palestine's West Bank, people gather to march in peace and they too deal with rock throwers.
Israeli forces typically don't use live fire, they frequently use rubber bullets, though they are made of metal and rubber, and they are deadly.
Mexico has asked the US to conduct a probe into the death of the 15-year-old Mexican boy in this tragic shooting on the US/Mexican border.
Family of the fallen teen say he was trying peek across the border, into the U.S. side, near US Border Patrol agents. The family says Sergio was being chased by the Border Patrol agents, when he was brought down with two bullets. By all accounts the boy was unarmed.
The boy's death came a week after another violent death, which involved a Mexican national being beaten by U.S. federal agents. The man later died in a hospital.
Border Patrol agents say they are under increasing threat from rock throwers. It goes to show that closing down borders, particularly those that a nation 'extended' over the years, can remain the source of violence even when the residents are poor as dirt. They can still pick up rocks.
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