ElPasoTimes: ’15-Year-Old Shot And Killed By Border Patrol’

While we hear about everything from a teen sailor lost on a boat for a few hours to a cop in Seattle punching a teenager in the face on camera there was a story only a rare bunch of news outlets have picked up.

An innocent child was gunned down by a U.S. Border Patrol agent for reportedly throwing rocks from the Mexican side while two agents rode by on bikes on the U.S. side.

I support the immediate extradition of this Border Patrol agent to the Mexican authorities. Let them handle this likely child killer as they see fit.

El Paso Times:

EL PASO – The 15-year-old boy shot dead by a Border Patrol agent near the Paso del Norte bridge was part of a group that entered the United States illegally, agency administrators said today.

Chihuahua state officials said today that the boy shot dead was Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, a Mexican national. They asked for a full investigation of the shooting. The agent who shot Huereca had a .40-caliber pistol on him. He may have had additional weapons, too, Cordero said.

“Every agent is issued a .40-caliber pistol and available to us is a series of long arms and that includes shotguns and machine guns, and on top of that pepper spray and tasers,” he said.

Agents only have access to weapons that they have been trained to use and they go through training quarterly, Cordero said. The Border Patrol did not identify the agent who fired. He has been placed on paid leave, Cordero said.

The Mexican Secretary of State today condemned the death. Mexican officials said they want the U.S. to conduct a full investigation into the events that prompted the shooting. The use of firearms in response to a rock attack is a “disproportionate use of force,” officials said.

The number of Mexican nationals who have been killed or injured by border agents has increased in the last few years from five in 2008 to 12 in 2009. There have been 17 Mexican nationals killed or injured during the first six months of 2010, officials said.