This is one of those stories that will make your blood boil. At least mine did when I listened to the interview of the wife of Border Patrol agent Jesus E. Diaz Jr last night.
Border Patrol agents have a tough, but very serious job to do. Especially on our southern agents who understand the risk involved as they work to protect this country from illegal immigration, drug, and human smuggling. That is exactly what Diaz, a seven-year veteran of the Border Patrol, was doing at 2am on an October morning in 2008 when he arrested a 15 year old Mexican drug smuggler who illegally crossed our border with 75 pounds or so of marijuana on his back. Some government agencies would be proud to have such a committed, experienced agent on their team, but the
Justice Injustice Department decided to send him to prison in shackles for two years instead. The Washington Times has the details:
A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for improperly lifting the arms of a 15-year-old drug smuggling suspect while handcuffed — in what the Justice Department called a deprivation of the teenager’s constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force…
In a prosecution sought by the Mexican government and obtained after the suspected smuggler was given immunity to testify against the agent, Diaz was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Alia Moses Ludlum in San Antonio. The Mexican consulate in Eagle Pass had filed a formal written complaint just hours after the arrest, alleging that the teenager had been beaten.
Border Patrol agents found more than 150 pounds of marijuana at the arrest site.
The defense claimed that the smuggling suspect was handcuffed because he was uncooperative and resisted arrest, and that the agent had lifted his arms to force him to the ground — a near-universal police technique — while the other agents looked for the drugs.
The story goes on to explain that the agent standing next to Diaz testified that he did not witness any mistreatment of the drug smuggler. Also, other witnesses who made contradictory claims against Diaz eventually admitted to perjury. That did not matter much to the prosecutors.
It is worth noting that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas is the same office that brought charges against two Border Patrol agents for shooting a drug smuggler as he was attempting to run back across the border into Mexico. The agents were sentenced to 11 and 12 years to prison, but were commuted two years later by President Bush. The Washington Times also notes that the same prosecutors charged Edwards County Deputy Sheriff Gilmer Hernandez with violating the civil rights of a Mexican illegal immigrant when he shot the tires out of a van as it was about to run him over. The case cited that one of the illegals was hit with a bullet fragment.
There is a serious problem with the United States
Justice Injustice Department giving immunity to Mexican drug smuggling illegal immigrants in order to prosecute an American citizen that is risking his life to protect this country. How can Border Patrol agents faithfully execute their duties if they have to constantly worry about whether or not they are going to be charged and sent to prison by their own government? How does that atmosphere encourage good, patriotic Americans to make being a Border Patrol a career and working hard to ensure this country is safe from bad people trying to illegal sneak into this country? Money and other bribes are being thrown in the faces of the agents by Mexican smugglers to turn a blind eye, but when an agent respectfully fulfills his duty he is handcuffed by his own employeers. Despicable!
Diaz’s wife was on WOAI 1200 last night with Joe Pags. This is the interview I mentioned above that made my blood boil. Please spread the word about this story to your friends and family.