The San Diego American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has blasted media coverage of the May 28 death of Anastacio Hernández Rojas following a tasering and alleged beating by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the San Ysidro port of entry. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Hernández died after being tasered by border agents; since that June 1 report, no mention has been made in the paper about the ten-minute beating Hernández allegedly sustained.

Emerging from a June 10 meeting with Mexican officials at the Mexican consulate in San Diego, members of the AFSC and other San Diego–based Latino organizations announced that the consulate has hired U.S. attorneys to represent Hernández's family and that a complete investigation into the facts surrounding his death is warranted.

AFSC officials say they have two witnesses who saw multiple border guards beating Hernández with batons and fists. Another witness, Humberto Navarrete, has provided a video that — though the images are sketchy — records the beating and screams for help from Hernández; shouts of onlookers yell for agents to back off because he was not resisting.

Since the incident, the San Diego County medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide, allowing that methamphetamine abuse and hypertension contributed to Hernández's cardiac arrest.

Click here for video of the incident.

Click here for video of Navarrete's June 10 press conference.

Photo: Humberto Navarette at a press conference


Grasca June 13, 2010 @ 6:28 a.m.

This story has far more gravitas than ones about pigs. I guess that the SD Reader is an equal opportunity publisher ?


CuddleFish June 13, 2010 @ 8:19 a.m.

Thank you, Grasca, yes, murder is the right word. And we must work hard to make sure the murderers are punished to the full extent of the law and not given a pass.


Robert Johnston June 13, 2010 @ 8:44 a.m.

Who watches the watchmen? That would be the Customs and Border Patrol's Office Of Professional Responsibility (their Internal Affairs division).

It ia also our responsiblity to ensure that justice is, indeed, properly served. Besides protesting at the border, use the "Letters To The Editor" section of your local paper to let your feelings be known.

And if you recieve (as I did) a summons to sit on a Federal Jury (or a Superior/Municipal Court Jury, for that matter), do not shirk the summons, but just do your time in the barrel! If you get assigned to a case--then you can not only see justice done, but help make it so!

So, in reality, it is we, the citizens, who watch the watchmen. As it should be!



Grasca June 13, 2010 @ 9:19 a.m.

There are news reports and a video of a 14 year old boy being killed by a Border Patrol agent at point blank range. The child was not harmed. When the border guards turn against US citizens, perhaps there will be some outrage ? Until this happens it is just Mexicans being killed.


Grasca June 13, 2010 @ 9:20 a.m.

Oops I meant to type "armed" and it came out differently.


CuddleFish June 13, 2010 @ 2:06 p.m.

When you have Bersin as the Border Czar and Obama as President, this is what you can expect. We will have to take matters into our own hands.


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