Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico, North America

Mexico Demands Investigation Into Cross-Border Shooting

July 10, 2012 By Staff

Top Story — The Mexican Foreign Ministry said Sunday that a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a Mexican citizen on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, demanding an investigation into the incident. The shooting occurred Saturday on near a bridge between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Though few details were released, the victim was apparently standing on the Mexican side of the river when a border patrol agent opened fire. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson did not confirm the death, but acknowledged that border patrol agents opened fire on Saturday during two “dangerous encounters”, one involving a person throwing stones, and another involving a person who was allegedly aiming a gun from the Mexican side. The FBI is expected to investigate the incident. In 2010, a U.S. border patrol agent shot and killed a 15 year-old boy on the Mexican side of the river who was throwing rocks, but the FBI closed the investigation in April, citing a lack of evidence.

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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America

  • Mexico’s Zetas drug cartel allegedly funneled $1 million a month for two years through two separate Bank of America accounts, according to an FBI investigation.
  • Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday that he will challenge Mexico’s July 1 elections results in court, alleging that vote-buying allowed PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto to win the election.
  • A U.S. district judge in South Carolina said he would revisit a December ruling in which he blocked parts of the state’s immigration law, due to the Supreme Court decision upholding part of a similar law in Arizona.


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