Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mexico Calls For DOJ Probe Into Police Killings Of Undocumented Immigrants

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 5:35 PM

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The Mexican government is calling on the Department of Justice to investigate police killings of three undocumented immigrants in Texas, California and Washington.

In Texas, a Grapevine police officer shot Rubén García Villalpando to death a little more than a week ago when the officer responding to an alarm at a business (turned out to be false) saw the man's vehicle in a driveway, according to The Dallas Morning News.

García Villalpando ran from the officer, but pulled over after a short pursuit.

Fernando Romero told The Dallas Morning News that he saw dash-cam video recorded moments before the shooting that showed his brother-in-law was unarmed. A police spokesman told the paper García Villalpando was ignoring the officer's instructions to stop.

On the West Coast, in Santa Ana, California, police shot Ernesto Javier Canepa Diaz last Friday during a robbery investigation though police have released little information about what happened.

On February 10, police in Pasco, Washington shot Antonio Zambrano-Montes 17 times because he was accused of throwing rocks at police.

This isn't the first time Mexico has called on the DOJ to investigate killings of Mexican citizens. And it's also not the first time rocks were involved.

In 2012, Mexico called on the U.S. government to investigate the death of Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza, who was shot to death in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, by a Border Patrol agent who claimed rocks being thrown at him threatened his life. Arevalo Pedraza's family was celebrating birthdays with a barbecue when he was killed.

Arevalo Pedraza's family has since sued the government and say he is at least one of 13 people killed by Border Patrol who responded with lethal force to rocks being throw at them.

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