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And Now…the Rest of the Story June 10, 2010

Posted by ev0rev in Politics.
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With apologies to Paul Harvey, my title reflects my exact thoughts when I read about the little details that are now surfacing about the 15 year old shot on the Mexico/US border.

Yesterday we were treated to a sob fest where the boy’s mother decried the “disproportionate” use of force on her sweet innocent baby who was brutally and for no reason at all destroyed by the vicious US Border Patrol.

Now hold on there Momma… let’s back that truck up a bit and review things a bit.  It seems that her sweet innocent baby may not have been so sweet and innocent all along.  Evidently he “had a history of involvement with human smuggling”.  A history… that’s interesting.  You see, if he had been involved that fateful day I might have simply chalked it up to youthful indiscretion or ignorance.  But this “child” was very well aware of his environment.  You don’t grow up in the deadliest city in Mexico without developing some sort of situational awareness.

There’s an expression that comes to mind when I read about the events that transpired before the shooting took place.  That is, “Don’t tug on Superman’s cape”.  These “kids” were hefting rocks at armed officials.  These rocks were not pebbles… they could certainly do harm.  They appeared to be fist sized stones.  I dare say that if a few teenagers from Brooklyn were on the border and decided to practice their aim on local law enforcement or Mexican border officials they’d have met with similar outcomes.

I think the fact that this young man was shot and killed is a tragedy that should never have happened.  That can similarly be said for a large number of unfortunate incidents where teenagers lose their lives because they thumb their noses at authority or conventional wisdom.  It’s that sense of invulnerability at that age.  Unfortunately, the decisions he made as well as those of the officers involved came together in a horrific fashion.

And this incident:

Another Mexican national died May 29, one day after border agents shot him with a stun gun at the San Ysidro border crossing that separates San Diego from Tijuana.

The 42-year-old man was being deported when he resisted, became combative and was stunned with a Taser, authorities said. The San Diego medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide and also found “acute methamphetamine intoxication.” He was buried Wednesday.


Here was a gentleman being deported (after entering illegally) and he…RESISTED…and…(wait for it)… BECAME COMBATIVE!  These are the little details that fail to materialize in the nightly news.  He wasn’t tazed out of cruelty or mistake… he was tazed because events lead to that action.  Namely, he entered this country illegally, was high on meth and upon apprehension decided at some point that he’d like to square off against the authorities.  That decision cost the man his life.  Can we please stop making excuses?  Framing these unfortunate incidents in the context of a Border Patrol run amok.

These people learned a very tragic lesson.  That actions sometimes bear consequences beyond our control and may be entirely unintended based on escalating events.

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