Family of Mexican Teenager Shot in Juarez Sues US for $25 Million

The family of a 15-year-old Mexican boy allegedly shot dead by U.S. Border Patrol are suing the government for $25 million in a landmark legal action, it was revealed today.

Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca was allegedly shot by a Border Patrol Agent on June 7 while they were in the process of arresting illegal immigrants crossing the Rio Grande.

The lawsuit filed yesterday in El Paso is seeking massive damages for the teenager’s death and will intensify the debate over how the U.S. should guard its border with Mexico.

FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons said a group of people on the Mexican side of the border were throwing rocks at agents. 

Border Patrol Agents have the authority to use lethal force against rock throwers or any one that attacks them.

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Border Patrol Agent Shot At From Mexico

The U.S. Border Patrol told the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office that one of its agents working in the Nogales area was shot at from the Mexican side of the international boundary early Monday morning.

Dispatch received the call at 4:23 a.m., said Lupita Perez of the Sheriff’s Office. She said the Border Patrol contacted her office “out of courtesy,” and that the actual incident occurred around 2 a.m. on the Buena Vista Ranch near Kino Springs.

“It was approximately five gun shots coming from Mexico towards his direction,” said Perez, who added that the agent said he could hear the bullets whizzing past him. She said the shots came from a vehicle. “Nobody was hurt and no property was damaged.”

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Fulano’s Factoids

  • Along the entire US border with Mexico, a U.S. Border Patrol agent is assaulted once every eight hours.
  • In 2006, there were 729 assaults against agents along the Mexican border from San Diego to the Rio Grande Sector in Texas.
  • In 2007 there were 979 assaults.
  • In 2008 there were 1,085 assaults.
  • In 2009 there were 1,073 assaults.
  • For 2010 the assaults are on track to surpass the 2008 high.
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