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President please pardon these agents NOW

Discussion in 'Illegal Immigration Issues' started by Stevec, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. SJPDM92

    SJPDM92 MassCops Member

    Re: sign the petition demanding the President pardon these agents

    What jury of twelve convicted these guys? They should be shot. Probably part of Deval Patrick's group. What a farse!
     
  2. MSP75

    MSP75 Guest

    Re: Our protected border???

    Here we go again!!! Lets see if this American will get screwed for protecting the nation.

    Border Patrol Agent Shoots, Kills Man Near Naco, Ariz.
    Sunday , January 14, 2007
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    get_a(300,250,"frame1");BISBEE, Ariz. — An unidentified Mexican man has been shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in the United States just over the frontier near Naco, authorities said Sunday.
    The Cochise County Sheriffs Office and the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector headquarters said the shooting took place Friday. Lt. Commander Mark Dannels of the Sheriffs Office said the confrontation began as a rock-throwing incident.
    "The officer was in fear of his life and took the actions he deemed appropriate," Dannels said.

    In Mexico, the Foreign Relations Department condemned the shooting on Saturday, which it said was about 550 yards north of the Mexico border.
    "The department expresses its profound concern over this kind of disproportionate violence that results in the loss of human lives," the department said in a news release. "Above all, when force is used against people who do not represent a threat to United States authorities."
    The department did not identify the man except to say he was 22 and from the Mexican central state of Puebla. It said the shooting occurred when he was detained along with several others, including three relatives, by Border Patrol agents in Naco, Ariz.
    An investigation into the incident is ongoing. The Border Patrol agent involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Rodriguez said.
    Meanwhile, the Foreign Relations Department has instructed its diplomats in Arizona and Washington to launch their own investigations.
    Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Immigration center.[​IMG]
     
  3. jb10

    jb10 New Member

    Re: Our protected border???

    Couldn't have said it better.
     
  4. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Re: sign the petition demanding the President pardon these agents

    Border Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos have been ordered
    by Judge Kathleen Cardone to surrender to the United States
    Marshal by 3 pm (EST) today!

    Both agents had filed a motion with the court to remain free
    on bond while they appeal their case. With this ruling, the
    agents must begin serving their sentences beginning today!

    To read the story, and Grassfire's news release click here:

    http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_5028599
     
  5. CPT Chaos

    CPT Chaos Subscribing Member

    Re: Our protected border???

    2 Border Patrol Agents Turn Themselves for Shooting Mexican Drug Runner
    Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    By Liza Porteus
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    get_a(300,250,"frame1");Two Texas Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican drug runner in the backside while on duty turned themselves in to U.S. Marshals Wednesday, and there's still no word on whether President Bush will grant them a pardon.
    Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean began serving 11- and 12-year prison sentences, respectively, for the February 2005 non-fatal shooting of Osvaldo Aldrete Davila.
    Several groups, including Friends of the Border Patrol, The Minutemen and Grassfire.org, have been trying through petitions to keep the agents out of prison — either by a motion to allow them to remain free on bond during an appeal or through a presidential pardon.
    U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone denied a motion for the two ex-agents to remain free on bond until their appeals on Tuesday.
    "This ruling by Judge Cardone is the most disgraceful act that I have ever heard of in the history of our great nation and both she and the prosecutors should be ashamed of themselves for taking the word of a drug smuggler, caught in the act, while ignoring the facts," Friends of the Border Patrol Chairman Andy Ramirez wrote in a statement. "Evidence that would have severely damaged the credibility of the known drug smuggler, and exonerated Compean & Ramos was sealed and suppressed and the attorneys were prevented from mounting a proper defense."
    Ramirez said El Paso Border Patrol chiefs Robert Gilbert and Luis Barker and Robert Gilbert have hung their agents out to dry.
    "I must remind the public that narcotic traffickers and human smugglers laugh at law enforcement as they know that the Johnny Sutton's of DOJ will not prosecute them, and instead will prosecute officers who do their job and keep that poison off our streets and out of our schools, parks, and neighborhoods," Ramirez wrote.
    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., however, criticized the president for failing to come through with a pardon.
    "This is the worst betrayal of American defenders I have ever seen," Rohrabacher said in an interview with WorldNetDaily. "It's shameful this was done by someone who is in the Republican Party. He obviously thinks more about his agreements with Mexico than the lives of American people and backing up his defenders."
    Rohrabacher, along with a slew of other lawmakers — including Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, have been pursuing last-ditch efforts to free Ramos and Compean. Petitions with more than 225,000 signatures were delivered to the White House Tuesday afternoon.
    "We expect some response from the White House shortly but we have not received anything yet," Poe told FOX News on Wednesday, adding that people should call the White House switchboard to voice support for the two agents.
    The White House already has received "a lot" of phone calls from Americans on the issue, he said.
    About a dozen rallies took place across the country in support of the agents last week.
    "Grassroots support for these gentlemen is just through the roof," said Grassfire.org spokesman Ron De Jong. He said people signing the petitions are saying to themselves, "'something just doesn't add up' and they're starting to make great waves."
    "We are extremely hopeful that the light of justice will shine and this wrong will be right, because otherwise it would be an absolute travesty if these gentlemen had to go to jail for doing their jobs," De Jong added.
    Compean and Ramos were convicted by a jury last March of violating the civil rights of Davila when they shot him on Feb. 17, 2005, in Fabens, Texas, about 30 miles east of El Paso, then tampering with evidence by picking up shell casings from the shooting.
    The ex-agents say Davila had a gun, and that's why they fired at him, but a gun was never found.
    In exchange for his testimony against the two agents, Davila was granted immunity from prosecution by the U.S. government for attempting to smuggle nearly 750 pounds of marijuana, which had a street value of more than $1 million, into the United States on the day he was shot. He was treated in a U.S. hospital and is now suing the federal government for $5 million, Poe said.
    "It's just an absurd case," Poe said Wednesday. "There's something weird about our government being so interested in making sure these two border guards go to prison. We hope to get to the bottom of what this is all about."
    Several lawmakers, including Poe; Rohrabacher; Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.; and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., last week sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asking him to allow Ramos and Compean to remain free on bond pending the appeal of their convictions.
    "The federal government was on the wrong side in this case. This drug dealer was not just bringing in a little bit of marijuana," Poe said. "Our federal government goes to Mexico, finds this drug dealer, gives him immunity ... they're [Ramos and Compean] being punished basically, for doing what they're supposed to do."
    He added: "What better two people should be pardoned than border agents doing their jobs trying to protect the United States?"
    Prosecutor: It Was a Cover-up
    Last month, Bush issued 16 year-end pardons: Five cases involved drug crimes, while others involved bank fraud, mail fraud and the acceptance of a kickback.
    In September 2005 the president pardoned 14 people, including a member of the mineworkers union who was convicted for his role in bombings at a West Virginia coal mine; a counterfeiter; several dealers of marijuana and LSD; and a bootlegger.
    The president has pardoned 113 people since taking office in 2001.
    White House spokesman Tony Snow last week would not comment specifically on pardon proceedings, but he said the facts presented in court showed that Ramos and Compean tried to cover up what occurred.
    U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton issued a statement in response to allegations the agents were prosecuted for "just doing their job," saying "nothing could be further from the truth."
    Click here to read the prosecuting attorney's statement
    "These agents shot someone who they knew to be unarmed and running away," Sutton said. "They destroyed evidence, covered up a crime scene and then filed false reports about what happened. It is shocking that there are people who believe it is OK for agents to shoot an unarmed suspect who is running away."
    Sutton said that during the two-and-a-half-week trial, evidence showed that around 1 p.m. on Feb. 17, 2005, Davila initially ran from the agents, but tried to surrender with his empty hands raised after Compean pointed a shotgun at him. When Compean tried to push Davila to the ground with his gun, the agent tripped and fell. Davila then ran toward the Rio Grande River and Mexico. Compean chased Davila, firing at him with his pistol 14 times, pausing once to reload, Sutton said. Ramos shot once and struck Davila in the buttocks.
    Neither agent made any further effort to apprehend him, Sutton said, and they threw away the fired shell casings and filed a false report omitting the confrontation.
    "If Compean and Ramos truly believed Aldrete [Davila] was a threat, why did they abandon him after shooting him?" Sutton asked. "And if they truly believed the shooting was justified, why did they not report it, leave the scene undisturbed, and let the investigation absolve them? The answer to these questions are simple. The agents knew that Aldrete did not pose a threat as he fled, they knew the shooting was unjustified and unlawful, and they knew an investigation would incriminate them. So they chose to cover up their crimes."
    Snow and Sutton have both pointed out that at the time Davila was originally pulled over, the agents didn't know he was an illegal alien, nor did they know he had over 700 pounds of marijuana in his truck. The agents also had arms training the day before the incident, so they knew what was required of them in the case of a shooting, they said.
    "The facts of this case are such that I would invite everybody to take a full look at the documented record," Snow said. "This is not the case of the United States saying, 'We are not going to support people who go after drug dealers.' Of course, we are. We think it's incumbent to go after drug dealers, and we also think that it's vitally important to make sure that we provide border security so our people are secure.
    "We also believe that the people who are working to secure that border themselves obey the law."
    Compean, a married man with three children ages 12, 2 and 4 months — all of whom have been living with relatives since the incident — told FOXNews.com he's not worried so much about whether he will get the pardon but what will happen to his family when he's gone.
    Compean said Border Patrol agents are trained when to use their weapons, and firing their weapons was warranted in this case.
    "That's what we're trained to do — we see somebody armed — they're obviously not going to surrender, as what was stated in court, that he was trying to surrender and he was simply trying to get home. That wasn't the case," he said. "A lot of the other agents coming in now, they are afraid. They're afraid of drawing their weapons."
     
  6. Inspector

    Inspector Subscribing Member

    Re: Our protected border???

    New Hampshire National Guard members have been mobilized to help with a massive patrol effort along the U.S. Mexican border.
    A few are already working at a National Guard armory in Tucson, Arizona, helping to hook up phone, Internet and electrical service to support the influx of guard members from around the country.

    Last May, President Bush called for up to 6,000 National Guard members to help the U.S. Border Patrol by performing surveillance, installing border fences and putting up vehicle barriers.

    About 100 New Hampshire guard members will take part in Operation Jump Start before summer. The state's 157th Air Refueling Wing will send 40 members to Arizona in early May to build roads and fences for two weeks, as part of their annual training requirement.

    In June, the 210th Engineer Detachment will also send 40 people to the border for three weeks of construction.
    (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
     
  7. spdawg0734

    spdawg0734 Subscribing Member

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    singed..... this is a travesty, it is what eventually will bring this country to its knees. I can assure you this would not happen if it would have been an us citizen in Mexico.
     
  8. honor12900

    honor12900 MassCops Member

    Re: Our protected border???

    Well said. I could'nt agree more.
     
  9. jacenlukesolo

    jacenlukesolo MassCops Member

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    Why don't we just put a big sign on our borders that says Criminals Welcome, Law Enforcement will be the ones going to prison.
     
  10. EXTRACOP

    EXTRACOP Lost in the desert..

    Re: sign the petition demanding the President pardon these agents

    Signed it. What the hell is the matter with this country. These guys are trying to protect us and are put in jail for it. BULLSHIT SITUATION !!!!!!!!! for these guys.
     
  11. HELPMe

    HELPMe New Member

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    I still cant get over this case. Two agents do their job and get nailed to the wall for it. How can this country be so ass backwards sometimes?
     
  12. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    Bush: Convicted Texas Border Agents Could Be Pardoned

    Story by kfoxtv.com



    President Bush on Thursday indicated that a presidential pardon for two Texas Border Patrol Agents remains a possibility.
    Bush, speaking this morning with KFOX-TV, discussed the case of Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos.
    Bush said, “There’s a process for pardons. It’s got to work its way through a system here in the government. I just want people to take a sober look at the case.”
    Bush said a White House review will take place. “People need to take a tough look at the facts, the evidence a jury looked at, as well as (the) judge. And I will do the same thing,” Bush said.
    Compean and Ramos were both convicted last year of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler and trying to cover it up. Both men started serving their federal prison sentences yesterday. Compean was ordered to serve 12 years behind bars. Ramos was ordered to serve 11 years.
    Supporters of the two border agents, including several Republican members of Congress, requested the President pardon both men. California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said Thursday the two men were “heroes” who were “putting their lives on the line to protect our borders”.
    Rohrabacher also criticized the federal prosecutor involved in the case for granting immunity to the drug smuggler involved, in order to secure the man’s testimony.
    Rohrabacher and a handful of other Republican Congressmen have criticized the President for not already issuing the pardon.
    “I don’t think the American people have seen this element of the President. It will do him no good to let them know he’s willing to be this mean spirited,” Rep. Rohrabacher said.
    Bush said the cases of Compean and Ramos have “got a lot of emotions”.
    “Border Patrol and law enforcement have no stronger supporter than me,” he said.

    -Alison Burns, Catherine Reynolds and Scott MacFarlane, KFOX-TV


    Previous Stories:
    • January 17, 2007: Border Agents Turn Themselves In
    • January 15, 2007: Family, Friends Hold Vigil For Convicted B.P. Agents
    • December 7, 2006: Representatives Seek Pardons For Border Patrol Agents
    • October 20, 2006: B.P. Agents Will Serve Over 10 Years In Federal Prison
    • October 18, 2006: Border Patrol Agents Seek New Trial
    • March 9, 2006: Two Border Patrol Agents Could Face Life In Prison
     
  13. ermal3k

    ermal3k New Member

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    Just signed and send this to all the people that I work with
     
  14. KozmoKramer

    KozmoKramer Administrator Staff Member

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    There hasnt been a president from GW (General Washington) to GW (the wordsmith) that hasnt pardoned filth and scum, let alone 2 patriots doing their job.
    I really hope W does right by these two and grants a full and complete pardon to these 2 border agents.
     
  15. dcs2244

    dcs2244 Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't count on it, Koz. RINO Bush isn't willing protect the border...why should he care about a couple of cops...?
     
  16. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

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    http://www.kfoxtv.com/bordersecurity/10785667/detail.html

    Bush: Convicted Border Agents Could Be Pardoned


    POSTED: 1:24 pm MST January 18, 2007
    UPDATED: 5:57 am MST January 19, 2007

    Washington, D.C. -- President Bush on Thursday indicated that a presidential pardon for two Texas Border Patrol Agents remains a possibility.

    Bush, speaking this morning with KFOX-TV, discussed the case of Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos.


    Bush said, “There’s a process for pardons. It’s got to work its way through a system here in the government. I just want people to take a sober look at the case.”


    Bush said a White House review will take place. “People need to take a tough look at the facts, the evidence a jury looked at, as well as (the) judge. And I will do the same thing,” Bush said.


    Compean and Ramos were both convicted last year of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler and trying to cover it up. Both men started serving their federal prison sentences yesterday. Compean was ordered to serve 12 years behind bars. Ramos was ordered to serve 11 years.


    Supporters of the two border agents, including several Republican members of Congress, requested the President pardon both men. California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said Thursday the two men were “heroes” who were “putting their lives on the line to protect our borders”. Rohrabacher also criticized the federal prosecutor involved in the case for granting immunity to the drug smuggler involved, in order to secure the man’s testimony.


    Rohrabacher and a handful of other Republican Congressmen have criticized the President for not already issuing the pardon.


    “I don’t think the American people have seen this element of the President. It will do him no good to let them know he’s willing to be this mean spirited,” Rep. Rohrabacher said.


    Bush said the cases of Compean and Ramos have “got a lot of emotions”.

    “Border Patrol and law enforcement have no stronger supporter than me,” he said. -Alison Burns, Catherine Reynolds and Scott MacFarlane, KFOX-TV
     
  17. jettsixx

    jettsixx Had enough

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    If they get a full pardon will they get their jobs back? Will they want their jobs back?
     
  18. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    Americas Most Wanted did a bit on this on last nights show
    in support of them.
     
  19. MARINECOP

    MARINECOP MassCops Member

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    All set here. I will send it out to all that I know with an open ear.
     
  20. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

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    linguine spined mother fckr
     
  21. JoninNH

    JoninNH New Member

    Re: sign the petition demanding the President pardon these agents

    Send a fax to the president at 202-456-2461
    Call the comment line at 202-456-1111
    AND send a letter. I'd post the address, but if you don't know where the White House is... <shakes head>

    This way it looks like three concerned citizens are contacting the office of the President, for every one of us.
     
  22. underdod47

    underdod47 MassCops Member

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    By way of an update The wife of Agent Ramos and their Lawyer is reporting that Agent Ramos was beaten in prison, (see www.drudgereport.com) so not only did they protect a drug smuggler now they can't protect the agent who stopped him from getting into the country
     
  23. collaru71

    collaru71 New Member

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    294,244 of the 500,00 needed with mine. Keep up the good work!!
     
  24. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    Ex-Border Agent Said Beaten in Prison

    Feb 06 3:15 PM US/Eastern

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who was convicted of shooting a drug smuggling suspect and then lying about it was beaten by fellow inmates in prison, his relatives and a congressman said Tuesday.

    Prison officials did not immediately confirm that Ignacio Ramos had been attacked.
    The convictions of Ramos and fellow former agent Jose Alonso Compean sparked outcry from critics who argued that the men were merely doing their job defending the border against criminals.
    U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., a vocal supporter of the agents and opponent of illegal immigration, criticized the Bush administration Tuesday for failing to protect Ramos and demanded a full presidential pardon for the two men.
    "Not only did the administration choose the side of a foreign dope runner over the agents who stopped him from smuggling a load of drugs into the county _ now they've failed to protect that agent while his case is on appeal," he said in a statement. Ramos and Compean, who reported to prison in January, were each sentenced to more than a decade behind bars. Ramos is being held at a medium- and low-security federal facility at Yazoo City, Miss. Compean is serving his sentence at the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution in Ohio; no problems have been reported with his detention.


    Full Story: http://www.breitbart.com/news/2007/02/06/D8N4E48O0.html
     
  25. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    The Idiot US Attorney Is At it Again

    Texas deputy to pay price for defending self

    02/08/2007

    By Jerry Seper
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES

    A Texas deputy sheriff who fired shots at a fleeing vehicle after the driver tried to run him down faces 10 years in prison for injuring one of the passengers, a Mexican national being smuggled illegally into the United States.

    The U.S. attorney, who won lengthy prison terms last year for two U.S. Border Patrol agents in the shooting of a drug-smuggling suspect, also prosecuted Edwards County Deputy Sheriff Guillermo F. Hernandez, who is to be sentenced next month.

    The deputy's boss, Sheriff Donald G. Letsinger, said his officer -- who had been on the job for a year -- "followed the letter of the law" in defending himself in the April 2005 incident and questioned why the government brought charges.

    "This is a fine young man, and I just don't believe he committed the wrong of which he was accused," Sheriff Letsinger said. "I have never had anything hurt me so badly as this prosecution. We've got to make this right."

    Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican, called the prosecution and conviction of Hernandez, known to his friends as "Gilmer," "another example of how the federal government is more concerned about people [who are] illegally invading America than it is about the men who protect America."

    "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war," Mr. Poe said.

    The deputy's Dec. 1 conviction has enraged his hometown of Rocksprings, Texas, population 1,250, where "Free Gilmer" signs have been posted. The Baptist church is paying the deputy's mortgage and others have come up with costs for the family's truck, propane and water bills.

    Hernandez, 25, and his wife, Ashley, have a 4-month-old daughter.

    "The town is outraged that this has happened to our deputy," said the Rev. Albert Green, pastor at the First Baptist Church. "Those people were in this country illegally, and they tried to run him down. They were the criminals, but the prosecutors made our deputy out to be the criminal.

    "I do not know a single person who doesn't feel Gilmer was prosecuted for doing his job," said Mr. Green, who is the deputy's pastor. "I do not know a finer, more well-behaved gentleman. He would not purposely or willfully hurt anyone."

    U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, appointed in October 2001 by President Bush, said Hernandez fired shots at the vehicle as it sped away "knowing it was occupied with the nine individuals," at least seven of whom were illegal aliens -- some of whom later were called to testify for the government.

    Hernandez was convicted after a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Del Rio, Texas, 75 miles southwest of Rocksprings -- found guilty of violating "under the color of law" the civil rights of Maricela Rodriguez-Garcia, a Mexican national.

    The woman was struck in the lip by bullet or other metal fragments after an 11:50 p.m. traffic stop in Rocksprings in April 2005. Reports said Hernandez fired shots at the blue Chevrolet Suburban's rear tires as it sped off after being stopped for running a red light.

    Acquitted on a second count regarding injury to another passenger, he will be sentenced March 12 at the Del Rio court.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baumann, who prosecuted the case, told reporters that the law does not give law-enforcement officers the right to use "deadly force to stop a car unless it poses an imminent threat to the officer or another person. If the car is going away from you, it's not even a close call."

    Mr. Sutton's office convicted Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos, 37, and Jose Alonso Compean, 28, on charges of causing serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm in a crime of violence and a civil rights violation. They were sentenced to 11 and 12 years, respectively.

    Shana Jones, spokeswoman for Mr. Sutton, did not return calls for comment yesterday.

    Sheriff Letsinger said an investigation found that Hernandez approached the vehicle and found only the driver was sitting upright and suspected the others were illegal aliens. He said the driver, after being asked to step out of the vehicle, pulled forward and turned into Hernandez -- fleeing from what the sheriff described as the deputy's "legal stop."

    Thinking the driver had tried to run him over, he said Hernandez fired at the vehicle's rear tires. He said at least one of the people inside the vehicle confirmed that the driver had turned it into the deputy.

    Sheriff Letsinger, with three deputies to handle all law-enforcement matters in a 2,000-square-mile county, called the Texas Rangers after the incident to investigate what happened. He said he also called the Mexican Consulate because Mexican nationals were involved, and the consulate later notified the FBI.

    The Rangers' incident report, the sheriff said, noted that after firing shots, Hernandez returned to his patrol car, notified dispatch and pursued the vehicle until it crashed into a fence -- at which time the occupants, except for Mrs. Rodriguez-Garcia, fled.

    Mrs. Rodriguez-Garcia, Ivonne Hernandez Morales and Candido Garcia Perez, all occupants in the vehicle, told investigators that they paid $2,000 to be taken across the Rio Grande from Acuna, Mexico. They said they later met the vehicle's driver and a guide, who were to take them to Austin and Dallas.

    Sheriff Letsinger also said the Rangers and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents, using dogs and metal detectors, found four shell casings at the traffic stop site but none at the crash site -- discounting claims by two of the vehicle's occupants that Hernandez fired shots at them as they fled the vehicle.

    The Texas Rangers did not respond to calls yesterday.

    Noting that prosecutors offered the deputy probation in exchange for a guilty plea, the sheriff said, "This young man didn't do anything wrong and wasn't about to say he had. I think that speaks to his character."
    In the Border Patrol case, Ramos and Compean testified that they shot Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila in the buttocks only after he assaulted Compean and pointed a weapon at both of them. Prosecutors and later a federal jury in El Paso disagreed. Aldrete-Davila abandoned 743 pounds of marijuana before fleeing back into Mexico.

    Information From : THE WASHINGTON TIMES
     

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