Rogue Border Patrol agents, or punished for doing their jobs?
Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/09/2006 - 01:02
The article "Breaking the silence: Convicted border agent tells his story" has the details on the case of two Border Patrol agents (Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean) who were convicted of shooting a drug smuggler:
Even more broadly, Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Kanof said, Ramos and Compean had no business chasing someone in the first place.I haven't researched this case, but see this for some actions you can take.
"It is a violation of Border Patrol regulations to go after someone who is fleeing," she said. "The Border Patrol pursuit policy prohibits the pursuit of someone."
...The smuggler was given full immunity to testify against the agents and complete medical care at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, in El Paso...
...A Texas jury convicted the pair of assault with serious bodily injury; assault with a deadly weapon; discharge of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence; and a civil rights violation. Compean and Ramos also were convicted of four counts and two counts, respectively, of obstruction of justice for not reporting that their weapons had been fired.
The jury acquitted both men of assault with intent to commit murder...