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Border Crosser Shot With Taser Taken To Hospital

Witnesses say U.S federal agents beat a man until he was unconscious Friday evening as he walked south into Tijuana at the San Ysidro pedestrian crossing.

However, Border Patrol spokesman Darly Reed say the man was in Border Patrol custody, being deported to Mexico, when he became combative. He says agents Tasered the man to try to get him under control.

San Diego’s Assistant Police Chief, Boyd Long, who would not comment on the man's physical state, says the man, who had been detained by a Border Patrol agent, was taken by ambulance to Scripps Memorial Hospital in Chula Vista. San Diego Fire spokesman, Maurice Luque, says the man was 35 year-old.

Witnesses who were on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro pedestrian crossing, and say they could clearly see what was happening, have a different version of the events.

A woman, with the migrant protection group Coalicion Pro-Defensa de Migrantes, says shortly before 9 o’clock Friday evening, U.S border security agents stopped a man, who was headed south into Mexico, just a few meters from the border crossing.

The witness, who would not give her name out of fear, says it’s not clear what the agent asked the man. But, the man took off running. She says Border Patrol agents tackled the man, kicked him while he was on the ground and Tasered him.

Apparently, people walking across the border began yelling at the U.S. agents to stop beating the man. Agents supposedly then dragged the man to an area beside the border crossing, that’s used to process deported migrants for repatriation.

Border Patrol agent Reed says the man remains hospitalized. He says the investigation is ongoing.

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BobRoney | May 30, 2010 at 7:40 a.m. ― 6 years, 10 months ago

"Together we will secure our border and get our nation back,"
Pam Stephenson, director of the Arizona Tea Party, told a crowd
of more than 5,000 people gathered at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Can you hear us, now Mexico? Can you hear us, now? Because this land is not your land.
This land is our land !!

Forward this to everyone you know.

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001citizen | May 31, 2010 at 7:43 p.m. ― 6 years, 10 months ago

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joelessor | June 1, 2010 at 6:15 a.m. ― 6 years, 9 months ago

It is unfortunate that Mr. Hernandez died, but in general I agree with the previous 2 comments. I don't see any comments supporting ILLEAGAL immigrants. You interviewed a Mr. C Ramirez (who is he and what credibiliy does he have, it was difficult to understand him because of his spanish accent),, he did say one thing I agree with, "the death was a product of our failed immigation policy". Exactly, Mr. Hernandez should have never been in this country to begin with. Is Mr. Ramiriez going to go down to Scripts Hosp. and offer to pay for Mr. H.'s bill; probably not- it will be eaten by the hospital or the Amer. taxpayers.
Lest you think this is some kind of racist diatribe, you are mistaken. I am a 60 year old native of San Diego, who went to the most racially diverse schools here and have many dear friends whose heritage is from Mexico.
My life has been adversely effected by Illegals over and over. I find the KPBS coverage on this issue to be tilted towards criminals who have violated US laws,, and maybe you think it necessary to be "politically correct". Why don't you have some alternate commentary that supports another view? You are 'Public Radio', correct??

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zadeda | June 1, 2010 at 6:58 a.m. ― 6 years, 9 months ago

I realize that people want to come to our country to for a better life for their families, If I was in their situation I probably do the same thing but I would be breaking the Law. Putting the blame on the Border Patrol is truly ridicules, the illegal entry plus the out of control behavior is what cost this man his life. I think it's time to start putting the blame were it needs to be. First to the individuals that continue to break the Law entering illegally, Second to the Mexico Government that that is broken that cant have a economy that can support their own citizens, and finally our own Government and elected officials who have sworn to serve and protect this Country that DO not enforce the Laws that exist today.

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