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Tue Apr 24, 2012, 07:56 PM

Shocking Video Shows Mexican Immigrant Beaten to Death. Something needs to be done.


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A new PBS documentary exposes the tasing and beating death of a Mexican immigrant by U.S. border agents in California and has renewed scrutiny of what critics call a culture of impunity. In May 2010, 32-year-old Anastasio Hernández-Rojas was caught trying to enter the United States from Mexico near San Diego. He had previously lived in the United States for 25 years and was the father of five U.S.-born children. But instead of deportation, Hernández-Rojas’s detention ended in his death. A number of border officers were seen beating him, before one tasered him at least five times. He died shortly afterward. The agents say they confronted Hernández-Rojas because he became hostile and resisted arrest. But previously undisclosed videos recorded by eyewitnesses on their cell phones show a different story. "All eyewitnesses that we spoke to basically tell the same story of a man hogtied and handcuffed behind his back, not resisting, being beaten repeatedly by batons, by kicks, by punches, by the use of a taser, for almost 30 minutes until he died," says reporter John Carlos Frey, whose exposé aired in a national television special last Friday night as part of a joint investigation by the PBS broadcast, "Need to Know," and the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute. We also speak with Hernández-Rojas’s widow, María Puga. "My husband was tortured. He was severely beaten. And they’ve destroyed an entire family," says Puga, speaking through a Spanish-English translator. "All we want is justice. And we need your help to get that justice."

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/4/24/death_on_the_border_shocking_video

Law enforcement is out of control on numerous levels in our country. Surveillance, unaccountability, brutality and murder. This should not stand in a 'free' society. Any society, for that matter. (I do admit, this video makes it hard to remain objective. It is sickening.)

On Edit: Don't be afraid to demand action from the Justice Department. Or to circulate the video, for that matter.


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Reply Shocking Video Shows Mexican Immigrant Beaten to Death. Something needs to be done. (Original post)
20score Apr 2012 OP
Dawson Leery Apr 2012 #1
punkin87 Apr 2012 #2
xiamiam Apr 2012 #3
Downwinder Apr 2012 #5
20score Apr 2012 #7
Enrique Apr 2012 #4
suede1 Apr 2012 #6
sabrina 1 Apr 2012 #8
20score Apr 2012 #9
Octafish Apr 2012 #10

Response to 20score (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 08:05 PM

1. Certainly we must demand action.

Dealing Joe Arpaio is just a start.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 08:12 PM

2. OMG! What is wrong with them?

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Response to punkin87 (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 08:32 PM

3. pitiful excuses for humankind..with guns, power and batons..ridiculous..

i can't watch the video..i just cant. The idea of someone doing this to another..a father with five children and a family..omg. Hurts to the pit of my stomach and deep in my heart.

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Response to xiamiam (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 08:45 PM

5. Failure of Management and Supervision.

I was in Arizona, involved in the Ft. McDowell Casino demonstration and when the current Secretary of Homeland Security was appointed I expected actions like this. You have to remember that she was U.S. Attorney and Gov. during much of Arpaio's term.

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Response to xiamiam (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 09:44 PM

7. Wish there were more people like you in law enforcement.

Things like this wouldn't be happening.

Good people would never allow it.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 08:39 PM

4. this story needs to be all over TV

maybe it will start with Rachel Maddow.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10285339/

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 09:00 PM

6. Pigs and Criminals.

They need to be tried for murder.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:11 PM

8. Sick, they should be deported. We don't need that kind of scum in this country.

Thank you for posting this. This definitely needs to be exposed. Inhumane, scum who need to be removed from society. That man was no threat to us, but THEY are!

There just aren't words to describe this properly. RIP Hernández-Rojas who only wanted to work to support his family. Those poor children.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 11:48 AM

9. Thanks.

They are a threat to us. And I don't think it's hyperbole to say it's getting worse.

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Response to 20score (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 11:54 AM

10. Anastasio Hernández-Rojas

I am so sorry. On behalf of my country, I am so ashamed.

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