Fault Lines investigates the lack of accountability when U.S. Border Patrol agents shoot across international lines, killing Mexican citizens in their own country.
In October 2012, a US Border Patrol agent fired through the 20 foot steel fence separating Nogales, Arizona from Nogales, Mexico and killed an unarmed 16-year-old Mexican boy with 10 bullets through his body. This was not an isolated incident by a rogue agent, but just the latest in a string of cross-border shootings that raise serious questions about oversight and accountability of the Border Patrol. In the last three years, Border Patrol agents have killed 6 Mexican citizens on their native soil, firing through the border to threaten and injure even more. One man was shot while picnicking with his family on the banks of the Rio Grande. Another 15 year-old-boy was hit between the eyes with a bullet for allegedly throwing rocks. None of these cases has led to any known disciplinary action or criminal charges against the border police, and US courts have rejected claims made by victims’ families, asserting that Mexican citizens do not have the same constitutional protections as US citizens, effectively giving the agents carte blanche to act with impunity. Fault Lines travels to the border town of Nogales – presently the nexus for this increasingly lawless law enforcement – to meet the Mexican families who have lost their young sons at the hands of US agents who many accuse of being immune from the law.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mathieu Skene, SENIOR PRODUCER: Carrie Lozano @carrielozano, CORRESPONDENT: Wab Kinew @wabkinew, DP: Lincoln Else @lincolnelse, PRODUCER: Singeli Agnew @singeli, FIELD PRODUCTION/TRANSLATION: Murphy Joseph Woodhouse in Nogales, Judith Torrea @judithtorrea in Juarez, Andréa Schmidt @whatescapes in DC, EDITORS: John Kane/Keith Wilson, RESEARCH & PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE: Special Thanks to Yousur Alhou, with additional assistance from Paul Abowd @paulabowd, Mark Scialla @markscialla, Omar Damascene @mideasternist, Jonathan Klett @jonathanklett.
Jeremy Slack, University of Arizona
From "Cross-Border Killings", Fault Lines
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