Video Emerges In The Shooting Of Mexican Boy By Border Agents; Elicits Criticism From Calderón

The border between the U.S. and Mexico along the cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.
The border between the U.S. and Mexico along the cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.

The border between the U.S. and Mexico along the cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.
The border between the U.S. and Mexico along the cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.

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Top Story — A cellphone video, released Thursday, appears to show a U.S. Border Patrol agent stopping several people attempting to cross the international border between Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. The video shows the agent draw his gun and shoot at the Mexican side of the border where he allegedly killed Sergio Adrián Hernández.

The killing of a Mexican citizen by U.S. law enforcement, the second in two weeks, has drawn sharp criticism from Mexico, with some politicians calling for the agent’s extradition.

The unidentified Border Patrol agent shot Adrián Hernández after people of the Mexican side of the border began hurling rocks at the agent. It is unclear whether the agent crossed the international border, but shortly after the shooting Mexican federal police chased Border Patrol agents out of the riverbed separating the two countries, while a crowd on the Mexican side jeered the U.S. officials and threw rocks and firecrackers.

Mexican President Felipe Calderón said he was concerned over the two recent shooting deaths of Mexicans by border agents and demanded a full investigation into both killings and said guilty parties should be punished.

“The Mexican government is shocked and outraged by the killings of two nationals by the U.S. border patrol,” Calderón said in a statement, according to Reuters. “We are concerned by the surge of violence against Mexicans along with other recent anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican demonstrations in the United States.”

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the FBI will investigate whether excessive force was used by the agent and expressed “sincere regrets about the loss of life.”

“The matter is under investigation and we’ll have to determine exactly what happened, who if anyone should be held responsible, what the circumstances were for this shooting. And all that is just a part of this ongoing investigation,” Holder said at a press conference about a series of drug raids, according to FOXNews.com.

The two shootings come during a tense period in U.S.-Mexican relations, due in large part to Arizona’s immigration law introduced in April and President Barack Obama’s recent pledge to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.

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  1. If the Mexicans were unarmed and otherwise incapable of inflicting serious bodily harm the shooting is just plain murder under either country’s criminal laws.

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