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Friday, September 30, 2016

Video: Did Border Patrol Agents Murder A Defenseless Man?

PBS’s Need To Know has unearthed a video which appears to show United States Border Patrol agents killing a Mexican man with a stun gun in a brutal display of excessive force.

Anastacio Hernandez-Rojas died in 2010 after being beaten and hit with a Taser by Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection agents. Hernandez-Rojas, who was detained by Border Patrol after illegally crossing into California, was being turned over to Mexican immigration authorities when — according to a statement by Customs and Border Protection — the agents removed his handcuffs. The statement claims that Hernandez-Rojas then “became combative,” and started fighting the agents. In response, the agents were forced to deploy a stun gun to “subdue the individual and maintain officer safety.” Hernandez-Rojas stopped breathing, and died in a hospital a short time later.

In the Need To Know video, however, Hernandez-Rojas does not appear to be aggressive at all. In one eyewitness video, Hernandez-Rojas can be heard screaming for help and pleading for his life. In another, he is seen lying on the ground, surrounded by a dozen agents as one deploys the stun gun that would end Hernandez-Rojas’ life.

An eyewitness told Need To Know that she thinks Hernandez-Rojas was “murdered,” and the San Diego coroner’s office classified his death as a homicide.

The full segment will air on Friday, but a preview is available below:

  • Itsjustmeagain1

    The last time I looked at something like this, it was a border between East and West Germany in 1977, and between Chec and German border in 78.
    The only thing missing is guard towers and .50 cal machine guns.

  • blyvl

    As a retired Border Patrol Agent, I’m troubled by the incident, but not because I think I know what happened. I don’t, and neither does anyone else who wasn’t there. If the media really wants to do something constructive, they should work to ensure that there’s an open and thorough investigation; and then “let the chips fall where they may”. We have no idea what led up to the alien lying on the ground. I noticed in the coroner’s report, I believe, that one of the factors in his death was “acute methamphetamine intoxication”. Could that have had anything to do with the fact that the agents resorted to the taser to control him? Or could the drug have been a major factor in his heart failure?

  • 12 men murdered this man

  • 12 men murdered this man

  • 12 men murdered this man

  • 12 men murdered this man

  • 12 men murdered this man

  • 12 men murdered this man

  • Very sad indeed if guilty go to jail directly to jail do not pass go do nit collect $200 dollars…SMH

  • How disgusting and cowardly to gang up like hyaenas and beat a person to death. I have no respect for these despicable vermin and I am increasingly ashamed of this country.

  • Deb

    This is nothing more then a bunch of racist bully’ s using their authority to commit cold blooded murder and we are paying them to do it.

  • quit coming here illegal case closed,its like a theif without a weapon getting shot in the act .

    • Chuckl8

      Is shooting an unarmed thief who is not threatening anyone OK with you?

  • Chuckl8

    In a society where physically moving from one side of an imaginary line to another allows those in power to treat that individual as somehow less than human, what should we expect?