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US Border Patrol Agents Prosecuted by US Government


Feb 4, 2006
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Lakeport CA
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TRIBUNE-REVIEW | February 17, 2006
By Dimitri Vassilaros

Border Patrol agents Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos shot Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, an illegal alien and admitted drug smuggler, in the buttocks in Februar! y 2005, according to the El Paso Times. Mr. Davila claims he was not armed. The agents say he was. They did not report the shooting but did report that the van Davila was driving to an El Paso stash house had 700 pounds of marijuana.
The Department of Homeland Security should have sent medals to each agent.
Instead, it sent an investigator from its Office of Inspector General. He concluded that since Davila was escaping back to Mexico, the agents should not have fired. And since they picked up their shell casings, that supposedly made it a cover-up.
A federal grand jury in April charged the agents with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with serious bodily injury, and assault with a deadly weapon -- potentially 40 years in federal prison.

Dimitri Vassilaros is a Trib editorial page columnist. His column appears Sundays, Mondays and Fridays. Call him at 412-380-5637. E-mail him at dvassilaros@tribweb.com.
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