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11 July 2020

Fault Lines Links: Border Agent Indicted In Killing Of Mexican Teen

Sept. 25, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Happy Friday everybody, your links this morning:

  • Federal authorities charged US Customs and Border Protection agent, Ronnie Law Swartz, with second-degree murder of Mexican teenager José Antonio Elena Rodríguez in October 2012. The US attorney’s office alleges that Swartz unlawfully shot Elena Rodríguez across the border hitting him ten times. Border Patrol claims its agents were chasing people throwing rocks and attempting to illegally enter the US. The teenager’s family said the boy wasn’t involved. Elena Rodríguez’s family have also filed a civil lawsuit claiming the use of force was unreasonable and excessive.
  • The family of David Stojcevski have brought a lawsuit against Macomb County, Michigan, after a video surfaced showing him slowly deteriorating and ultimately dying in his cell after his drug withdrawal goes untreated for 17 days. David Stojcevski was serving a 30-day sentence for failure to pay a traffic ticket. The autopsy report shows that Stojcevski died from benzodiazepine withdrawal from not receiving his methadone treatment. The video is gruesome.
  • A Maryland police officer shot and killed an unarmed man for allegedly imitating a gun with his fingers. The officer, who has been placed on administrative leave, was pursuing the man for attempting to buy cough syrup with a forged prescription. He shot the man after refusing to comply with police orders and repeatedly reaching for his waistband.
  • Delaware officials are investigating the fatal shooting of a reportedly suicidal man in a wheelchair by a Wilmington police officer. Officers responding to a 911 call that a man had shot himself, approached Jeremy McDole and ordered him to show his hands and drop his gun. In the cell phone footage, an officer appears to shoot McDole. Several moments later McDole appears to reach for his waist leading the officers to fire at him several more times.
  • According to an independent review, Washington officers Adam Wright and Adrian Alaniz were acting in accordance with Pasco PD procedures when they shot dead Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February this year. The man had been throwing rocks at the officers when they discharged their weapons at him 17 times, hitting Zambrano-Montes at least 5 times.
  • A notice of intent to sue was filed by the family of Kevin Allen who was shot dead in a public library in New Jersey in May this year. The officers involved were attempting to arrest Allen on an outstanding warrant when an altercation ensued. According to the police account, Allen attacked officers with a utility knife prompting the officers to shoot. The family claims he was shot between 10 and 12 times.

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