Texas police helicopter fires on immigrants, killing two
By Bill Van Auken
27 October 2012
- Valeria “Munique” Tachiquin Alvarado, a 32-year-old mother of five and a US citizen, was shot to death on September 28 by Border Patrol agents who came upon her while searching for an undocumented immigrant in Chula Vista, California. The Border Patrol claimed that its agent fired through Alvarado’s windshield after she struck him with her car and drove away as he clung to her hood. But witnesses said the agent fired while standing in front of the car, which some insisted was backing away from him. The agent has been identified as Justin Tackett, who was hired by the Border Patrol after being forced out of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department, which described him as “a person who cannot be trusted with a badge or a gun.”
- On September 3, Border Patrol agents in a patrol boat shot and killed Guillermo Arevalo Pedroza, a 36-year-old Mexican bricklayer, who was celebrating his wife’s birthday with a cookout by the Rio Bravo in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, just south of Laredo, Texas. Again the agents said someone had thrown rocks at them, a claim that witnesses denied.
- On July 8, Juan Pablo Perez-Santillan, 30, was shot while standing on the Mexican side of the border across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas. A lawsuit filed by the family against the US government recounts that Santillan was shot by an agent with a long-range rifle as he was showing a group of immigrants how to swim across the river. When his brother cried out for help, one of the agents replied in Spanish “let the dog die.”