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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:

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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