The family of an injured man, whose well is located on the Mexican side of Trump's (hopefully never future) Wall, wants this (alleged) assault to go public.
"The family wants this story to go public, and are hurting with the fact that they may have lost their brother today," advocates said on Thursday.
Chairman Manuel's full statement follows:
“On the evening of Jun. 14, 2018, a vehicle incident occurred in Topawa, Ariz. involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent and a 34-year-old man who is a Tohono O’odham Nation tribal member. The victim was transported to a health care facility and was later released on his own recognizance after it was determined he did not appear to have life threatening injuries. The Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department, which has primary jurisdiction for all crimes committed on the Nation, is conducting the investigation in concert with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office.
The Nation is aware of disturbing video footage of the incident that has been posted online. The safety and wellbeing of the general public is the Nation’s top priority, and the Nation’s leadership is monitoring this issue closely.
“Trump's border wall faces another challenge with Indian reservation,” and I predict this extra “challenge” is possible motivation for why “On the evening of Jun. 14, 2018, a vehicle incident occurred in Topawa, Ariz. involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent and a 34-year-old man who is a Tohono O’odham Nation tribal member.”
They allowed the federal government to build a vehicle barrier in 2006, but they strongly oppose a wall through their land.
The current border fence cuts right through a ranch owned by a tribal family. Their well is now on the Mexican side and a wall would make it impossible to get to.
All in all, I don't pretend this, which occurred in an open area with very few people around, was just an accident.
A new report suggests that there has been a startling increase in the number of instances where US Border Patrol officers have abused children seeking shelter in the United States from violence and poverty in Central America.
The report, based on more than 30,000 pages of Border Patrol reports obtained by chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through Freedom of Information Act requests, alleges a "pattern of inimidation, harassment, physical abuse, refusal of medical services, and improper deportation between 2009 and 2014." The report follows after a previous disclosure from the ACLU that detailed 116 incidents where officers were alleged to have physically, sexually, or psychologically abused children between the ages of five and 17.
Out of respect for the investigation, I say the agent allegedly ran him over. But in my opinion, it was on purpose. When the investigation is over, I'm swearing like a sailor.