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The Border Patrol Is Being Sued for $100 Million After an Agent Killed a Young Woman

The agency, which has yet to release the agent's name, had to amend its statement about the circumstances of Claudia Patricia Gómez González's death.

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas is suing the federal government for $100 million over the death of Claudia Patricia Gómez González.

In May 2018, an unnamed Border Patrol agent in the Laredo sector shot and killed González, a 20-year-old woman from Guatemala. The agency's initial statement said that the agent fired his weapon in response to multiple "assailants" hitting him with "blunt objects." The agency then updated its statement, saying that the 15-year veteran had ordered the group to the ground, then fired one round from his gun after they "ignored his verbal commands and instead rushed him."

The ACLU's lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of González's family, accuses the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection of battery, negligence, recklessness, and wrongful death.

As Reason has previously reported, the Laredo sector has seen the highest numbers of employee misconduct and disciplinary actions. In 2017, 13 percent of the sector's Office of Field Operations and 42 percent of the U.S. Border Patrol were involved in some kind of disciplinary incident. These include drug- and alcohol-related crimes, domestic incidents, and abuses of power.

González's death wasn't the only time last year that a border agent in the Laredo sector made national news in connection with a killing. In April, agent Ronald Anthony Burgos-Aviles stood accused of slaying both his lover and their child. And in September, another agent—Juan David Ortiz—confessed to murdering at least four sex workers.

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16 responses to “The Border Patrol Is Being Sued for $100 Million After an Agent Killed a Young Woman

  1. They only hire the ‘ best and brightest ‘.

  2. tough to swallow people have to die over where they’re standing.

    1. They definitely do if they’re standing in my house uninvited.

      1. “I shot a man in Reno
        Just to watch him die”

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wG0fS4DoGUc

  3. “If she didn’t want to be killed she shouldn’t have been on the wrong side of an invisible line! Due process is only for those on the right side of the invisible line!” — Trumpista

    1. Technically, it was rushing over an invisible line when told not to, seemingly (the facts on what happened in the article are sparse).

      Given that invisible lines can have great legal weight, that might be important.

  4. “As Reason has previously reported, the Laredo sector has seen the highest numbers of employee misconduct and disciplinary actions.”

    Like S.W. D.C. has the highest rate of homicides and assaults in the city, so everyone there must be guilty. Don’t think that’d fly, so why should your innuendo? .

    1. That statement does not support the affirmative statement that “everyone there must be guilty” but it does support the negative statement that “not everyone there is innocent”. Given the prevalence of the ‘all first responders good’ bias, it is reasonable to impeach that bias in an article about abuse by law enforcement.

    2. I think you may mean SE DC (i.e. Anacostia).

  5. People willing to work as border agents, much like those who voluntarily become drug warriors, are authoritarians and bullies with substandard character and limited employment horizons.

    An agency populated by those people is unlikely to have good judgment or be truthful. Providing guns to these bullies is a bad decision.

    1. As always Rev, keep hate alive.

      1. I dislike authoritarians and bullies. I dislike bigots.

        I expect to like your replacement.

        Carry on, clingers. So far as your betters permit, that is.

    2. Like the thugs who work for the DNC.

  6. Get closer than 21 feet to a law officer who feels threatened and that officer just may shoot you. Sketchy details and bias reporting to follow.

  7. Did the bag limit suddenly change? People who work near papally infallible First Responders™ are pressured to keep quiet about the murders, rapes, beheadings, torture, kidnappings, sexploitation and prohibition violations and vendettas that occur where one jurisdiction ends and another begins. Otherwise they could a tale unfold about these brutes and thugs. Zuri is scratching the surface.

  8. Amend?

    the agent fired his weapon in response to multiple “assailants” hitting him with “blunt objects.”

    the 15-year veteran had ordered the group to the ground, then fired one round from his gun after they “ignored his verbal commands and instead rushed him.

    These describe the same situation–one with a bit more specificity.

    And here’s the kicker–something I’m not seeing disagreement with–A shot. One. Not cop-spaz bulletcloud. ONE.

    Not looking good for the ACLU here.

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