On June 7, 2010, 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernández Güereca, was murdered by U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa Jr who wildly fired shots across the Rio Grande river in El Paso, into Mexico where Hernandez was standing behind a bridge pillar. Hernandez caught a .40 caliber round through the left eye and died instantly.
Mesa, who used the worn out excuse that he “was fearful for his life” because Hernandez and his friends were “throwing rocks”, received two days off to celebrate his crime and returned to work.
About the time Mesa was returning to work to the accolades and high fives of his colleagues, Jesús Hernández and María Guadalupe Güereca, the parents of Sergio Adrian Hernández Güereca, were burying their son.
This crime was witnessed by dozens of pedestrians crossing the bridge under which this happened and some of the witnesses videotaped the encounter. All agreed as did the amateur videos, that Hernandez was not throwing rocks at the agent at anytime.
Request for the official surveillance tapes by various media outlets under the FOIA, were routinely denied, citing “National security”.
The Governor and authorities of the Mexican state of Chihuahua where Juarez is located, issued a murder warrant for the agent, Jesus Mesa Jr and formally requested his extradition which of course, the US government ignored.
The family sued the government, the Border Patrol and the agent, but recently the Judge hearing the case dismissed the lawsuits on technicalities.
But new evidence has emerged that disproves the Border Patrols claims of “self defense” and the FBI assertion that Hernandez Guereca and other youths “had surrounded’ the agent, who was arresting another teenager near the Paso del Norte bridge”
According to an article in the El Paso Times which has provided excellent coverage of this agent’s crime, The Law firm of Hilliard & Shadowen based in Austin Texas and representing the victims parents said in a statement today.
“Three videotapes of the incident later proved that no one had surrounded the agent, and also disproved suggestions that (Hernandez) had thrown a rock at the agent.”
These are the videotapes that Department of Homeland Security denied media requests for citing “national security concerns”.
Bob Hilliard, one of the partners went on to say,
“As President Obama enjoys the reelection delivered to him by Hispanic immigrants, his administration continues to deny basic justice to those who are the victims of brutality – and death – at the hands of U.S. Border Patrol guards at the U.S.-Mexico border. Ten such killings have occurred at the border in the last five years.”
The figure is actually more than that, but who is counting? They’re only Mexicans, right?
The law firm also alleges that a Department of Justice inquiry confirmed later that the boy had not thrown any rocks, which if true would toss out the government’s self-defense claim.
Hilliard & Shadowen, LLC, has filed a brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the family of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, The 5th Circuit is the same Court that upheld the convictions of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, two former Border Patrol agents who fired at a fleeing suspect and later lied and tried to cover their actions.
The Border Patrol in El Paso ducked comment on the new allegations as expected.
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