Arizona march puts spotlight on shootings by border patrol
The march in Douglas, Ariz., aims to draw attention to a teen who was shot by a border patrol agent while trying to climb the international fence. The agent was being pelted by rocks.
A march in the Arizona border town of Douglas Friday seeks to highlight what activists call the increasing use excessive and sometimes lethal force against illegal immigrants and even Hispanic citizens in rock-throwing incidents.
The march is to place candles and flowers at the stretch of the border fence where Carlos Lamadrid was shot and killed March 21. Mr. Lamadrid was fleeing toward the international boundary in a pickup truck carrying 48 pounds of marijuana when, as he attempted to climb a ladder placed against the fence, a border patrol agent opened fire, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department.
The agent, whose name is being withheld, reported that he fired shots after being pelted with rocks. A man “was on top of the border fence and was observed throwing rocks at the border patrol agent,” a sheriff’s department statement notes, but spokeswoman Carol Capas says it was not Lamadrid.
Lamadrid is the third teen in a year to die in incidents that reportedly involved border patrol agents and rock-throwing. In June, a 15-year-old Mexican boy was shot by an agent after a group tried to illegally enter El Paso, Texas, and in January, a 17-year-old died after falling off the border wall in Nogales, Ariz., reportedly after being shot by border patrol agents.