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San Diego Medical Examiner Says Border Death A Homicide

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Aired 6/3/10

San Diego's medical examiner says the death of a 42-year-old man tasered by federal border agents is a homicide. San Diego immigrants rights activists and the government of Mexico want a thorough investigation.

San Diego's medical examiner says the death of a 42-year-old man tasered by federal border agents is a homicide. San Diego immigrants rights activists and the government of Mexico want a thorough investigation.

Federal border agents Tasered Anastasio Hernandez last Friday at the San Ysidro crossing.

Federal officials say he was out of control as they prepared to send him back to Tijuana.

Hernandez was declared brain dead and died of cardiac arrest on Monday.

Andrea Guerrero with the American Civil Liberties Union says questions remain.

"There have been a number of incidents over the years along the border, and very rarely do we know what the outcome of those incidents are. It's critical that this investigation be transparent," says Guerrero.

The medical examiner says hypertension and methamphetamine abuse contributed to Hernandez's death.

Guerrero says even if he did take methamphetamine, it doesn't justify agents' excessive force.

His cousin, who is the family's spokeswoman, says he did not abuse drugs.

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Aired 6/3/10

San Diego's medical examiner says the death of a 42-year-old man tasered by federal border agents is a homicide. San Diego immigrants rights activists and the government of Mexico want a thorough investigation.

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Avatar for user 'huevos'

huevos | June 3, 2010 at 9:02 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

This is getting out of control.

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huevos | June 3, 2010 at 9:44 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

KimJongll

Before making a comment you should read the facts. They were Federal border agents not police. And it is consider excess of force if more than two agents tasered an individual at the same time. A tazer can be lethal. You have a very poor judgment I'm sorry to say that.

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randolphslinky | June 3, 2010 at 10:40 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Once while in a criminal justice class we had a visiting detective (guest) tell us that in his many years of law enforcement he had seen too many officers killed or severely injured while trying to control a person who was hopped up on stimulants. It was his position, and one that he admitted might seem harsh, that when confronted by a individual who is uncooperative and violent and possibly on drugs it's either you or them that is going home that night.

Tasers are not always effective on a person not on stimulants, but on stimulants, a person you think you can control may really surprise you.

While I must admit I generally do not have a favorable opinion of Mr. Kim Jong ll, nor his daily wardrobe, on this matter we are in agreement.

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theduderomano | June 3, 2010 at 2:03 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Well amigos the truth is that when you get a hunky( s ) opinion, he will always defend his point of view about why he or they (the law enforcers), feel they have the right to kick everybody else s (tush), whenever it pleases them.

America today, unfortunately cannot handle how to interact with other cultures and they simply incline themselves to use violence to fight the alleged violence they claim to be victims of.

Some americans don`t seem to appreciate that it is so easy to pass judgement on their part, until it happens to them being in the same spot than that Mexican fellow found himself (suppossly confronting the feds.)

I would like to see those border patrol officers in some Mexican village and having their (tush) kicked in the same manner by their counterparts in Mexico and see how it feels.

To see how it feels that strangers kick your (but) until you drop death and not having a chance to defend yourself nor not even speaking the language to understand what the law enforcers are saying to you.

The world is getting sick of the american abuse of authority to defecatet on everyone and they future will tell, that this type of ignorance of americans justifies why noone likes them anywhere they go.

America does not try to be part of the solution in this scenarios, just part of the problem and making use of excuses, the war on drugs is a shared problem, but america never does its part, america does not give a rat`s tush, about how many Mexicans get killed or how many cops get killed in Mexico, because they never feel is their problem, most of the ilegal weapons sold in Mexico, come from USA.

(The law enforcers) want to justify with their actions, they are doing their job by simply killing a man and not using other forms that are available to them to avoid hurting him or causing his death as they did.

It is the american way i am the mighty one , I rule and nobody has rights, so what are the real americans going to do, so the human rights are respected in America?

The dude


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theduderomano | June 3, 2010 at 2:20 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

I am an american citizen but friends lets be more understanding of our citizens of the world, i am geting sick that by the stupidity of some of our law enforcement authorities, the world is not liking us anymore.

As americans and the highly educated we seem to pride ourselves about, we should be more focused on solving the problems and not using violence to fight violence.

We pay our taxes for the public services and our government and God only knows how it is spenton training for these law enforcers who dont seem to use logic when doing their jobs.

Intimidation is their technique and this is not Wantanamo Bay guys, nor Vietnam. Watching this only shows that the next victims to this law enforcers will be all of us later the citizens of america.

I suggest these bad apples goto jailand get a piece ofthesame pay they prepare for others.

The dude

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theduderomano | June 3, 2010 at 2:27 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

The world is changing and with new emerging economies in the world and more open to immigrants, USA wont be an option to many inteligent travellers.

The Neoliberal way of thinking is out guys. Now we are citizens of the world and the borders are just excuses for us americans to remain ignorant and afraid of enemies we have created.

America should work on an immigration reform and that is final
The dude

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theduderomano | June 3, 2010 at 2:29 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

The law of supply and demand shows USA as the main buyers of drugs, this Mexican probably got sick consuming drugs in your market. Originally he might have gone looking for a decent job, but got infected by your system and finally killed by it.
Food for thought
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randolphslinky | June 3, 2010 at 4:18 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like "thedude" has had one too many White Russians. What a ridiculous rant. LOL

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huevos | June 4, 2010 at 10:16 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Hey Mr. Jongll
What culture are you? Are you 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation in the U.S.? If so, where did you family migrate from? I often encounter people who like to live their lives in a big denial for the simple fact that they choose to forget where they came from. And most sadly they even feel embarrassed of their own decent and culture. They just like to call themselves “Americans" let me remind you that the only true Americans in the U.S. are the Native Americans. Everybody else from all different cultures have migrate in to the U.S. some with passports or permits others with out. Bottom line WE are all Immigrants with the difference that by having a citizenship or permanent residence we have rights.

That been said, I do not conduct or favor the behavior of Mr. Hernandez. It’s very tragic to see the results of this unfortunate incident. I’ve seen many cases of excessive law enforcement when is not necessary. Never say never because something like this may never happen to you but perhaps to someone related or close to you. “La Vida da muchas vueltas” life takes a lot of turns.

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tecolote51 | June 4, 2010 at 11:13 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

It seems that when commenting on the news of the day, we are forced into seeing things through the lens of racial tension or culture wars. It almost suggests that if we were all the same race and were from the same cultural background, everyone would be peaceful and civil. Really?

But, a couple of notes: the Native Americans too migrated here from other parts of the world. Further, NA nations have in the past invaded other NA nations, pushing out or eliminating the pre-existing populations, and so on and on. Therefore the argument about who is really an American could go on for a very long time, and nothing would ever be settled.

Has anyone really observed how law enforcement people are trained? Have you been in a war or other situation where your life was threatened? It's very easy to sit in your comfortable arm chair and criticize how a given incident was handled, even though you know virtually nothing about all the contingencies that converged to result in that confrontation.

And finally, stop with the racism garbage. If you can't define what you really mean by "racism" or "discrimination" or any of the other convenient terms being thrown about in the public debate over illegal immigration, why not talk about something about which you have some knowledge?

If what you are saying is that you think there should be no sovereign borders anywhere, just say so. I believe you are not alone. However, I will not be one to agree with you. And, I'm sure I'm also not alone.

All my best!

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huevos | June 4, 2010 at 12:03 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

My respects to you Tecolote51. I agree and sympathizes with your opinion/comment. Have you observed how law enforcement people are trained? Have you been in a war or other situations where your personal life was threatened? If so, would you mind sharing your experience? I want you to be the first one to talk about something that seems to me you may have some knowledge. If you don't... then choose the topic and let's talk about it.

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