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Boarder Patrol shoots 14 year old Juarez boy

On June 8th, 2010, along the highly-trafficked boarder crossing between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, a 14-year old middle school student of Juarez, Sergio Adrían Hernández Güereca was shot and killed by a boarder patrol officer. The officers use of violent and deadly force was in response an apparent "rock throwing" indicent involving several young Mexican boys. Many people where whitness to the shooting and one woman recorded on a cell-phone video that was aired internationally on Wednesday by the Spanish-language Univision network. The video as well as first-hand accounts of people on the boarder that day has sparked anger, outrage, and calls for serious actions. This has been the second murder of a civilian by boarder police in 2 weeks, and one of several so far this year. On May 31, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas died after being shocked with a stun gun by Border Patrol agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.
On June 8th, 2010, along the highly-trafficked boarder crossing between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, a 14-year old middle school student of Juarez, Sergio Adrían Hernández Güereca was shot and killed by a boarder patrol officer. The officers use of violent and deadly force was in response an apparent "rock throwing" indicent involving several young Mexican boys. Many people where whitness to the shooting and one woman recorded on a cell-phone video that was aired internationally on Wednesday by the Spanish-language Univision network. The video as well as first-hand accounts of people on the boarder that day has sparked anger, outrage, and calls for serious actions. This has been the second murder of a civilian by boarder police in 2 weeks, and one of several so far this year. On May 31, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas died after being shocked with a stun gun by Border Patrol agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.

The violence and racisim towards latino immigrants (especially teenagers) in this place that is so endearingly called "The Boarderland" is palpable. And as the national guard is being actively deployed all through southern Texas and New Mexico, this injustice is reaching a fever-pitch. At a community meeting along the boarder fence in El Paso this weekend many people expressed hearache and shock over the murder of Sergio Adrían Hernández Güereca, but few were surprised.

Many women and mothers of young latino's expressed that they feared for their children every day, regardless of which side of the boarder fence they are on... Because to the boarder patrol the latino youth of the community are only seen as "deliquent, drug trafficing gangsters who must be kept out of El Paso so it doesn't end up like Juarez." One mother shrugged and told me "It was only a matter of time before the agents started to shoot them down on their side of the fence, too."

The U.S. campaign to demonize this young latino youth and make the whole thing look like some poor Boarder cop just trying to protect himself from life-threatening rock throwing began before Sergio was even burried. Major media outlets across the country began reporting that Sergio and his friend were attempting to traffic drugs across the boarder and that he had a criminal record and was a well-known Coyote (someone who "smuggles" undocumented people across the boarder). Both of these aligations have been proven false, as there are no records of Sergio ever committing a crime. His mother has been quoted as saying "It is amazing to me if my son was helping people cross to the United States all the time, because his teachers tell me every day that he is in school, he never misses his classes." Also reports have regularly said Sergio was not 14 years old, but 16, 17, or just a "latino man" with no age given. Obviously, it doesn't matter how old he was or weather he was a Coyote.... The point is he was murdered unjustly and not even on U.S. soil. But media outlets here in "The Boarderland" as well as across the country are determined to keep public sentiment in favor of the boarder patrol as well as the newly-deployed national guard troops that are patroling these hills with heavy weaponry as I write this.

From the El Paso Times:

"U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday described Hernández's death as "extremely regrettable" during a news conference about an unrelated drug operation in Washington, D.C.

Holder, according to a transcript provided by the Department of Justice, said the FBI is investigating the shooting of the Juárez teenager.

"The matter is under investigation," Holder said. "And we'll have to determine exactly what happened; who, if anyone, should be held responsible; what the circumstances were for the shooting. And all that is just a part of this ongoing investigation."

Federal officials confirmed that a civil-rights investigation was opened into the shooting of Hernández, who died on the Mexican side of the river from a bullet wound to the head. "


Please foster meaningful discussions in your community about what is really happening on the boarder. It is absolutely essential right now that communities in Arizona as well as our communities in Southern New Mexico and Texas, especially in El Paso/Ciudad Juarez.... places all along the boarder where people are suffering from extreme racisim and violence.... that these communities are provided with the solidarity and support that they need to fight against injustice toward people like Sergio and all the undocumented and documented Latinos that goes unseen every day.

Justicia por Sergio Adrían Hernández Güereca!
Y Justicia por Anastasio Hernandez Rojas!
No a la violencia de las fronteras!
Paz, Justicia, y dignidad por la Gente de Juarez!
Alto a la violencia y racismo contra los immigrantes!
Solidaridad! Ya basta!




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There is a video that I did not choose to put in this article due to it being pretty disturbing. It was taken on a cell phone by a whitness to Sergio's murder. The video shows an encounter that begins when a group of men try to cross a border fence near the railroad Black Bridge, just west of the Paso del Norte Bridge connecting Juárez to Downtown El Paso.

A Border Patrol agent is seen arriving on a bicycle, and rocks are allegedly being thrown at the agent while he tries to detain a man on the U.S. edge of the river. The agent is seen pointing his handgun. Three gunshots are heard.

Hernández can then be seen lying on the ground at the foot of the Black Bridge on the Mexican side of the mostly dry river. It is not shown that Hernandez was throwing rocks.

heres the link :  http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/node/37650