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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 10:02 AM

Guats,' 'Tonks' and 'Subhuman Shit': The Shocking Texts of a Border Patrol Agent

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/matthew-bowen-border-patrol-trial-847878/

How an Arizona officer accused of hitting a migrant with his truck could put his agency’s toxic culture on trial

In the days before he allegedly struck a 23-year-old undocumented Guatemalan man with a government-issued Ford F-150, Border Patrol agent Matthew Bowen sent a text to a fellow agent. In the exchange, which federal prosecutors now claim offers “insight into his view of the aliens he apprehends,” Bowen railed against unauthorized migrants who’d thrown rocks at a colleague as “mindless murdering savages” and “disgusting subhuman shit unworthy of being kindling for a fire.” The text message also includes a plea to the president: “PLEASE let us take the gloves off trump!”

Two weeks later, on December 3rd, 2017, Bowen was on patrol near Nogales, Arizona, when he spotted a suspected unauthorized border crosser. Identified as Antolin Rolando Lopez-Aguilar in a federal affidavit, the man had been hiding but took off running back toward the Nogales point of entry, “in an apparent effort to avoid apprehension,” the affidavit states.

Instead of pursuing Lopez-Aguilar on foot, Bowen chased after him in his federal vehicle, known as a “Kilo Unit” in Border Patrol lingo. As caught on camera, Bowen maneuvered “the front grille of the truck directly behind Lopez-Aguilar,” according to the affidavit. With the F-150 bearing down on him, Lopez-Aguilar reached back “to ‘push off’ of the hood” before Bowen “accelerated the… Kilo Unit directly into the back of Lopez-Aguilar’s body, knocking Lopez-Aguilar to the ground,” the document states. The Ford’s tires came to a full stop “within inches of running Lopez-Aguilar over where he lay on the ground.”

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Bowen’s trial is due to begin in August. But the case is already shining a spotlight on a troubled culture at Border Patrol, the law enforcement arm of Customs and Border Protection, at a moment when both agencies have been grappling with a surge in migrants, and faced allegations of widespread wrongdoing, ranging from physical and sexual abuse of minors to housing migrants in substandard shelters, including one likened to “a human dog pound.”

The text exchanges between Bowen and fellow agents — entered into the court record by the defense, which seeks to exclude them at trial — suggest a work environment in which demeaning epithets, ranging from “guat” to “fucking beaners,” are common, and in which violence against undocumented border crossers is treated as a joke.

Throughout the texts, illegal border crossers are referred to as “tonks.” A federal court case from 2004, which also centered on accusations of excessive force by the Border Patrol, includes an agent’s definition of “tonk” as “the sound heard when a ‘wetback’ is hit over the head with a flashlight.”

https://www.scribd.com/document/413294879/BowenTextsExhibit





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Reply Guats,' 'Tonks' and 'Subhuman Shit': The Shocking Texts of a Border Patrol Agent (Original post)
CousinIT Jun 16 OP
hurple Jun 16 #1
tblue37 Jun 16 #2
MineralMan Jun 16 #3
Chin music Jun 16 #10
PatSeg Jun 16 #13
onetexan Jun 16 #26
PatSeg Jun 16 #28
Docreed2003 Jun 16 #4
grantcart Jun 16 #15
Hermit-The-Prog Jun 16 #29
Faux pas Jun 16 #5
kimbutgar Jun 16 #6
WhiskeyGrinder Jun 16 #7
dalton99a Jun 16 #8
Kid Berwyn Jun 16 #9
Chin music Jun 16 #11
Locrian Jun 16 #14
LuvNewcastle Jun 16 #16
paleotn Jun 16 #20
malaise Jun 16 #22
Kid Berwyn Jun 16 #21
h2ebits Jun 16 #25
paleotn Jun 16 #19
Kid Berwyn Jun 16 #24
paleotn Jun 16 #30
Kid Berwyn Jun 16 #31
malaise Jun 16 #12
LuvNewcastle Jun 16 #17
GoCubsGo Jun 16 #18
lambchopp59 Jun 16 #23
MagickMuffin Jun 16 #27

Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 10:16 AM

1. And...

Of course, when he's found guilty and locked away, he'll spend all that time stewing over how society screwed him over

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 10:21 AM

2. K&R for visibility. nt

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 10:23 AM

3. No surprise in this at all.

It's like those cops in Phoenix. Despite knowing that they were being captured on video, they continued to display their racism and ugly violent natures. They feel invincible. They believe nothing will happen to them.

So, it's not surprising that border patrol cops have contempt for border crossers. They think nothing will happen them if they display their prejudices and act out with violence. So, they text each other with it, never thinking their garbage will be exposed.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 11:58 AM

13. Its truly mind-boggling, isn't it

In this day and age, people are still stupid enough to put compromising information in texts, emails, and on social media, like no one will ever notice. Then they are shocked when it comes back to bite them in the ass.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #13)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:30 PM

26. Criminals of this kind are not known to be intelligent

Sadly these are the types that the racist Idiot has enabled.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #26)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 02:19 PM

28. Actually

I am often shocked at intelligent, well educated people who send photos and damning texts on their phones, as if no one will ever see them.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 10:46 AM

4. K&R for vis

This is disgusting and that agency should be purged of all of these types. Instead, they are being enabled by a racist, asshole "President"

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:21 PM

15. For the record this is not a civil action against the Border Patrol but a criminal

Prosecution by federal prosecutors after an internal affairs by HSI investigators against the Agent.

Not meant to undermine your comment about Trump undermining professional standards.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #15)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 02:26 PM

29. how long before the case is Barred?

It wouldn't surprise me if federal prosecutors suddenly withdrew.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 10:52 AM

5. Kickin' with disgust

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 10:58 AM

6. Driving home Friday from tombstone as Friday we were stopped by the border patrol

A man of Hispanic origin peered into our car. I gave him an angry look. I hate this administrations policies.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 11:00 AM

7. Utterly unsurprising. This is a feature, not a bug.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 11:07 AM

8. Kick

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 11:08 AM

9. The NAZIs credited Americans for inspiration in genocide.


The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics

by Edwin Black

Edwin Black is the author of "IBM and the Holocaust" and "War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race," from which the following article is drawn.

Excerpt...

Eugenics would have been so much bizarre parlor talk had it not been for extensive financing by corporate philanthropies, specifically the Carnegie Institution, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harriman railroad fortune. They were all in league with some of America's most respected scientists hailing from such prestigious universities as Stamford, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. These academicians espoused race theory and race science, and then faked and twisted data to serve eugenics' racist aims.

Stanford president David Starr Jordan originated the notion of "race and blood" in his 1902 racial epistle "Blood of a Nation," in which the university scholar declared that human qualities and conditions such as talent and poverty were passed through the blood.

In 1904, the Carnegie Institution established a laboratory complex at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island that stockpiled millions of index cards on ordinary Americans, as researchers carefully plotted the removal of families, bloodlines and whole peoples. From Cold Spring Harbor, eugenics advocates agitated in the legislatures of America, as well as the nation's social service agencies and associations.

The Harriman railroad fortune paid local charities, such as the New York Bureau of Industries and Immigration, to seek out Jewish, Italian and other immigrants in New York and other crowded cities and subject them to deportation, trumped up confinement or forced sterilization.

The Rockefeller Foundation helped found the German eugenics program and even funded the program that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.

Continues...

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/1796

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Response to Chin music (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:05 PM

14. yikes, whoa..

I certainly didn't get that from the poster you responded to.
It would seem the info is relevant since the boarder patrol crap is genuine USA made hate and worthy of Nazi comparisons.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:26 PM

16. Have you read "Mein Kampf?"

Hitler writes how he admires eugenicists in America. He got some of his policies from observations he had made from studying racial laws in the South. The Nazis would have committed atrocities without any help from others, certainly, but there were some Americans who were big influences on the Nazis. It's an historical fact.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:39 PM

20. No doubt it's a fact, but....

see my response below. Hatred didn't spring from the rocks and trees of North America and infect Wiemar Germany. German anti semitism has a long, dark history that predates America by a millennium. Haters using each other as an excuse to hate doesn't let any haters off the hook for their own actions.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:56 PM

22. That simple n/t

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Response to Chin music (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:53 PM

21. Not all Americans, just a powerful few who think they're better than slugs like me.

And I am a longtime DUer. Never been banned, too.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:22 PM

25. Wow! You need to read the article

Didn't one of Trump's wives say that Trump kept a copy of Mein Kampf on his bedside table and read it religiously? Is this what Trump and Stephen Miller are attempting to do today?

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:35 PM

19. There's more than enough hate to go around....

Violent anti semitism, among other cultural and racial biases, has been alive and well in Europe for centuries. We inherited our hatreds and propensity to hate from our mother countries.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #19)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:12 PM

24. True, but racism as a "science" came outta the USA.

Have you read how one honored physician treated “patients” in Puerto Rico?

https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-horrifying-letter-in-which-a-scientist-confessed-1507897479

And some people wonder where Trump gets his “ideas.”

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #24)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 03:57 PM

30. Simply another aspect of the same hatred

It comes in many guises from the same well. None better or worse than the others.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #30)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 04:12 PM

31. You may enjoy reading works by Frantz Fanon...

“At first glance it seems strange that the attitude of the anti-Semite can be equated with that of the negrophobe. It was my philosophy teacher from the Antilles who reminded me one day: “When you hear someone insulting the Jews pay attention; he is talking about you.” And I believed at the time he was universally right, meaning that I was responsible in my body and my soul for the fate reserved for my brother. Since then, I have understood that what he meant quite simply was the anti-Semite is inevitably a negrophobe.”

― Frantz Fanon, “Black Skin, White Masks”

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 11:57 AM

12. These detestable creeps consider themselves

pillars of civilization

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Response to malaise (Reply #12)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:27 PM

17. Yeah, the 'master race.'

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:29 PM

18. Yuck.

I hope they throw the book at this POS.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:57 PM

23. Sickening, yes, surprising, no.

I worked for an ambulance service in So. Cal many decades ago with several "wannabee cops" I've long lost touch with. I know one of them was accepted to some police academy when I left the service for college.
I was called some names behind my back because I could only shake my head at their racist rants, this sounds like just the Nazified sort of shit they'd bellow.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:37 PM

27. Hopefully the defense can't get these blocked from the record


All of these messages need SUNLIGHT in the Court of LAW not hidden in the darkness where these lost souls dwell!!!



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