Lead sou­venir

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

The Na­tional Border Pa­trol Coun­cil Lo­cal 2544 in Tuc­son, Ariz., which rep­re­sents all the non­super­vi­sory U.S. Border Pa­trol agents in the il­le­gal-alien-sat­u­rated re­gion — the largest in the coun­try — is not pleased with the re­cent con­vic­tion in Texas of fel­low agents Ig­na­cio Ramos and Juan Com­pean, one of whom shot a flee­ing drug-smug­gling sus­pect in the but­tocks.

Just posted on the coun­cil’s Web site:

“Whens­mug­glerstry­torun­you over with a ve­hi­cle you’re sup­posed to: A. Shoot at them; B. Chase them; C. Wave at them and say ‘Bien­venidos a Los Es­tado Unidos’; D. Throw a pam­phlet at them on how to ap­ply for Amnesty; E. Of­fer them food, wa­ter, med­i­cal care, and coun­sel­ing at tax­payer ex­pense; F. Beg them not to re­port you to the [Of­fice of In­spec­tor Gen­eral] and/or the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice for us­ing an ex­ple­tive when you dive for cover; or G. Let them go.

“We­re­al­izey­ouprob­a­blythought that this was a trick ques­tion, but of coursethecor­rectan­swer­sareC,D, E, F and G (fail­ure to com­plete all 5 pro­ce­dures could sub­ject you to se­vere dis­ci­plinary ac­tion).”

In short, the agents stopped a van­load­ed­with­743­pound­sof­mar­i­jua­nathat­sus­pec­tOs­val­doAl­dreteDav­ila was driv­ing. A scuf­fle en­sued, dur­ing which Ramos says he spot­ted a gun on the sus­pect. Shots rang out. How­ever, Mr. Al­dreteDav­ila es­caped across the Mex­i­can border — al­beit, the agents learned later, tak­ing with him a lead sou­venir from his short visit.

The slug, it turns out, was com­pli­ments of Ramos, a 2005 nom­i­nee for Border Pa­trol Agent of the Year. He has now been sen­tenced by a U.S. Dis­trict Court judge in El Paso to 11 years and one day in prison, while Com­pean was handed 12 years. Among other charges, the fed­eral agents did not re­port the shoot­ing when fil­ing their in­ci­dent re­ports.

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