My mouth is agape as I read this, found over on Twitter. How could this happen?
From DPS helicopter opens fire during chase; 2 deadWhy is this not major national news? Does this happen all the time? Does a person that swims from Cuba to Florida get shot in the water if spotted off the coast of Miami or the Florida Keys? Are we just picking people off like oxen like it's the fucking Oregon Trail? Is a car chase enough to have a sharpshooter assassinate unarmed civilians inside a moving truck, civilians that may or may not be children? Is this what "public safety" now means–open assassinations?
A Texas Department of Public Safety sharpshooter opened fire on an evading vehicle loaded with suspected illegal immigrants, leaving at least two people dead, sources familiar with the investigation said.
DPS spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger confirmed a DPS officer opened fire during the pursuit north of La Joya, but had no information as to whether the officer shot anyone inside the evading vehicle.
“We do not want to speculate on any other issues at this time and have no further information,” Cesinger said in the email.
However, law enforcement sources said troopers found three people shot inside once the smuggler’s vehicle stopped along Farm-to-Market Road 2221 near Mile 7 Road. Two of the suspected illegal immigrants died from their injuries, they said.
“This is going to get big really, really fast,” a local law enforcement official said of the DPS incident. “You have a law enforcement official shooting at an unarmed alien. This is not an excuse for deadly force.”
What the fuck is wrong with us as a society? How can we justify assassinating human beings for doing little more than being on one side of an imaginary border, seeking a little bit of freedom only to be met with death?
Is this really who we want to be as Americans?