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"Even if you do something wrong, you should make it to jail alive," says Birdie Gutierrez, an organizer whose group, La Flor De La Resistencia, was represented among about 30 protesters who gathered in San Ysidro on Saturday afternoon (November 12) to march upon the border in a call for justice in what they say is a rash of unjustified killings.

"Just counting back from 2010 to here, there have been 50 murders by the Border Patrol," says Gutierrez. "To date, no one has been held accountable for any of them, despite videos and witnesses in many cases. They need to change their policies on use of force.

"Shooting a child for throwing a rock is unjustifiable. They shot Jose Antonio Elena ten times. He was only 15 years old."

Gutierrez refers to 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was gunned down in a high-profile case in Arizona in 2012. Elena Rodriguez was found to be unarmed and on the Mexican side of the border at the time of the shooting.

Families of several individuals who died at or near the border in San Diego were also on hand.

"Anastasio Henandez Rojas was brutally beaten by 14 agents. They beat him with batons, kicked him, tased him seven times. They fried his brain – he was in the hospital for one or two days, then he died," continues Gutierrez. "There's video of that. But last year they closed the case, and no one was held accountable."

Hernandez was caught attempting to cross the border illegally in 2010. Though previously deported, he had been living in San Diego for about 20 years and his wife and family still resided in the U.S. An autopsy ruled his death a homicide, but no charges were ever filed.

Protesters gathered at Larsen Field Park in San Ysidro before embarking on their march. They called for the use of body cameras by border agents, in addition to other reforms they say the federal government has been resistant to despite years of pleas. Their sense of urgency was elevated, they say, because of the ascension of Donald Trump as the country's president-elect.

"Because of the election, a lot of people are living in fear because of the things Donald Trump has said he's going to do around the border. We're sending the message that we will not live in fear; we will not get used to this."

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Javajoe25 Nov. 14, 2016 @ 1:29 p.m.

Speak for yourself, RC. The only criminals I see are those in uniform, executing people on the street, usually for no good reason. We call people who walk across a river to try and provide a better life for their families, criminals? And those who unload 10 rounds into a 15 year old kid for throwing a rock, hero's? Not in my world. If you think just because this money sucking half-wit sack of crap with the cotton candy on his head managed to get elected president, the whole country is going to change into a place where we arrest hard working people and let murderers walk away, you need to think again. That's not going to happen. And if it takes a revolution to see that it doesn't then so be it. Some of us have actually been hoping and waiting a long time for one. Maybe the time has come. When I read words like yours I know it's time for decent people to stand up and say something. If it takes going through a term of something like a President Trump to make it happen sooner than later, that's even better.

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VoteWithYourDollar Nov. 15, 2016 @ 10:32 a.m.

Another Soros funded MoveOn.org event - just like this one... http://www.latinospost.com/articles/31920/20131128/spectacular-video-shows-the-moment-in-which-border-patrol-agents-confront-dozens-of-immigrants.htm

"Subsequent autopsies concluded that Hernandez-Rojas died of an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) while being restrained. Acute methamphetamine intoxication, pre-existing heart disease, the level of physical exertion during the struggle, the electro-shocks from the taser and positional restraint were stated as contributory factors in Hernandez-Rojas’ death. The medical examiner stated further that Hernandez-Rojas would not have died had there not been methamphetamine intoxication. " https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-officials-close-investigation-death-anastasio-hernandez-rojas

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