Boy Killed Along the Border of Dreams!

A few nights ago, a young man was shot by an Immigration Customs Enforcement agent near Ciudad Juarez.  When after struggling to place an undocumented immigrant crossing the border into the US under arrest, the ICE agent felt the need to discharge his weapon in the general vicinity where rocks were being thrown at him, killing a 14-year-old boy.  Today, Amnesty international has decided to join the call for a full and impartial investigation into the incident.  Let us not forget that the last time an ICE (or INS) agent shot and killed another person, the “exhaustive” investigation dragged on for so many months that at the end of the process, the government cleared the agent of wrong doing, claiming he was under attack by a drug cartel group operating in that area for months.  Despite an eye witness in that case, as is the case with this latest shooting, would we be justified in dismissing the government’s claim that the truth will be found one way or the other?

A friend of mine immediately reminded me of the law enforcement agent killed in Arizona over a year ago.  It is noteworthy that it was his death that became the impetus for the passing of AB 1070 — the controversial measure that if it is not reversed by the courts, would allow law enforcement officers to question anyone of their legal status if they are suspected of being undocumented.  In the case of 14-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca, who was shot in the head while on Mexican soil, the government contends that the officer was justified and that his actions are under review.  Whether there will be another ‘exhaustive’ investigation is still unclear.  With all the media attention this case is getting — and by attention I’m talking about a few remarks here and there by the networks, with most of the coverage being done by Spanish media — the government is under some pressure to at the very least send an investigative team.  But as we all know, this is just another attempt to save face.  They have to.  Not long ago, the US demanded that Israel investigate the killing of 9 peace activists participating in a flotilla of aid to the Palestinian people in Gaza.  It would be hypocritical if it did not investigate its own acts of terror, especially if the government’s idea of proportional response involves a magnum .44.

Will there be justice? Should we even pose the question?

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