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Border Patrol Shooting At Fence Prompts Criticism

While policing along the Imperial Beach border fence, residents of Tijuana can be seen on the other side of the wall.
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Above: While policing along the Imperial Beach border fence, residents of Tijuana can be seen on the other side of the wall.

— Forty-year old Alfredo Yañez Reyes was one of three men who were spotted allegedly trying to cross from Tijuana at the border fence about 7:30 last night.

As a Border Patrol agent tried to apprehend one of them, one threw a rock at a second agent. An agent fired, shooting Yañez Reyes in the face; he fell from the fence and died.

In response to news of the killing, Border Patrol's San Diego Sector released a statement to the media, saying that the last seven months have seen many assaults against Border Patrol agents.

"There have been a total of 52 assaults on Border Patrol agents in San Diego sector," said Rodolfo Zuñiga, a spokesperson for Border Patrol. "Agents are authorized to utilize deadly force when they believe their life or the life of another is being placed at risk."

But the American Civil Liberties Union has called this incident disturbing, a sign of "the recurring disproportionate use of force" on the part of Border Patrol.

“We simply cannot allow our law-enforcement agents to use lethal force when confronted with rock throwers,” said Kevin Keenan, executive director of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. “Shooting someone accused of throwing rocks should not be part of the U.S. policy playbook.”

The FBI is investigating the details of the shooting.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | June 22, 2011 at 10:04 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

<p>Signonsandiego.com reports that Ya~ez also threw a stick with a nail in it with which it "hit" one of the agents on the head. This after first allegedly throwing rocks. The distance was not revealed--at least not in the news reports.

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TheCaptain | June 23, 2011 at 8:14 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Enter legally and you won't get shot! Go get them BP!!!

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HarryStreet | June 23, 2011 at 4:56 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Does Kevin Keenan not know that hrowing a rock at someone can kill you too? The deceased wasn't doing that to be nice. What would everyone's reaction been had the Border Patrol agent been hit in the head and died? Would the Mexican Government protest their man's action? The men and women who protect our borders don't need to be fighting our own administrators. Their job is difficult enough.

If they can't defend themselves when threatened, should they simply turn and walk away? No wonder we have an illegal immigrant problem. They can come and go as they please and have American politicians' blessing.

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randolphslinky | June 24, 2011 at 8:28 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

If you're foolish enough to throw rocks and a board with a nail in it at the Border Patrol, then you should be shot. The law isn't enforced simply because the cops or in this case the Border Patrol shows up. Thugs, criminals, and routine law breakers have no respect for the law, and it is for this reason that the men and women who enforce our laws are routinely killed in the line of duty. We have to remember this - that their work can be dangerous, require instant action, and that they have a right to use lethal force when they are attacked.

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HarryStreet | June 28, 2011 at 1:17 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

What does Mexican President Calderon say to the Mexican Border Agents who brand illegal immigrants entering Mexico. Or how about throwing them back in the river despite pleas they cannot swim. One would be very surprised how Mexicans treat people entering their country illegally. Them pointing the finger at us is like the pot calling the kettle black. No racial pun intended.

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ColorlessJustice | June 28, 2011 at 3:41 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

@David65 "One would be very surprised how Mexicans treat people entering their country illegally. Them pointing the finger at us is like the pot calling the kettle black" I believe the piece says Kevin Keenan, executive director of the ACLU is the one putting out the complaint, that is the AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union.
As hard as I try to see your comments not tainted in racism, I just cannot find where it does say that The Mexican Government or A Mexican said this was unjust. Maybe a bit of due diligence and commenting in the actual piece and not on your true feelings against Mexicans would be better.

And in general, if we are spending how many billions a year in training and equipment, techniques, etc. for our border patrol agents, and for that matter our Homeland security forces, to not be afraid of terrorists and valid threats but yet they have to response with deadly force to a rock thrown by a 40 year old, Mexican dude, I am not sure that money is being well spent.

I am all up for legal everything. Abide by the law and the law will take care of you, but seriously? You think that just because I crossed legally you won’t shoot me? How would you know I have papers?
I cross legally, I am a US citizen and STILL I get harassed because of the way I look. Tell me how many times have you come back to your country and have been sent to secondary revision? But I guess we have to do it right? I mean I could be Iraqi, or afghan or some other dark brown nationality that we don’t like.

No real solution here but just had to comment on the eternal excuses and arguments that don’t make sense but are only a cover for bigotry.

Have a nice day.

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Missionaccomplished | June 28, 2011 at 7:16 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

@THE CAPTAIN, maybe you should try signonsandiego.com, many of the posters are of your s__t-kicking ilk. Thanks for your civility.

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Missionaccomplished | June 28, 2011 at 7:21 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

@DAVID65, "Mexicans" or some corrupt Mexican immigration authorities???

Also, provide chapter and verse for your claim.

Pot kettle black, DAVEY? You mean like this POS Seattle copper:

Seattle Cop: 'I'll Beat the F—-ing Mexican Piss Out of You Homey ...
You +1'd this publicly. Undo
A group of officers from the Seattle Police... ... to boycott Arizona All-Star Game | Main | Cypress Hill cancel concert to protest immigration bill ». 05/10/ 2010. Seattle Cop: 'I'll Beat the F—-ing Mexican Piss Out of You Homey' ...
blog.altoarizona.com/.../seattle-cop-ill-beat-the-fing-mexican-piss-out-of-you -homey.html

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Missionaccomplished | June 28, 2011 at 7:22 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

@COLORLESSJUSTICE, thank you. He needed that.

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