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Mother of five killed by Border Patrol agent

RT | October 1, 2012

A US Customs and Border Protection agent shot and killed a 32-year old mother of five in southern California after her car allegedly bumped into the man.

Valeria “Monique” Alvarado was killed on a residential street at 1 p.m. Friday. Border Patrol officials claim the woman driving the vehicle “assaulted” the officer by running him down with her car. The on-duty agent was responding to a felony warrant in the area, which was unrelated to Alvarado.

“The suspect was armed with a vehicle, and literally ran our agent down,” CBP Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott told NBC San Diego. “He was carried several hundred yards before he discharged his weapon through the windshield of the vehicle.”

Border Patrol officials claim that the agent ended up on the hood of the car after being struck – but multiple witnesses told reporters that they never saw the man anywhere close to being on the car. As the agent opened fire on the woman at least six times, the woman reversed in an attempt to get away from the approaching officer’s gunfire.

“As the car was backing up the officer was in the street walking toward the car, and discharging,” a witness said. The agent was dressed in plain clothes and was not displaying a badge.

“Without her even able to say a word – I didn’t hear anything – [he] just came across and just shot at the windshield many times,” Ashley Guilbeay told KMFB-TV.

Family members of the shooting victim argue that the mother of five would never intentionally hurt anyone – and that the officer overreacted by shooting her to death.

“My wife got killed for no reason,” Gilbert Alvarado told NBC 7. “Show me that my wife had a gun or something that threatened the guy’s life where he had to use lethal force against her.”

Witnesses say Alvarado may have accidentally hit the agent with her car and panicked when he pulled out a gun.

“The whole [thing] didn’t look right,” witness Ayanna Evans said.

Family and friends of the victim are demanding justice for the woman whose death leaves five children between the ages of 3-17 years motherless. The Southern Border Communities Coalition is working with Alvarado’s family to make sure the Border Patrol’s investigation is transparent.

Alvarado was a US citizen who was not wanted by law enforcement authorities, which Christian Ramirez of the Southern Border Community Coalition calls “troubling.”

“I don’t think it should have [gone] down like that. I don’t think she should have been shot,” a neighbor told NBC 7.

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October 1, 2012 - Posted by | Civil Liberties | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. There’s quite a distance between “He was carried several hundred yards” and “she panicked”. If she “accidentally struck him”, how can it be that “they never saw the man anywhere close to being on the car”? Someone is lying – it may very well be the cop, and most likely it is the cop, but still it has to be found out what happened exactly.

    Comment by stk33 | October 2, 2012 | Reply

  2. Say she accidentally struck a man in the street. (What was he doing in the street? Was he jay-walking?) He is dressed in plain clothes and shows no ID to say he’s anything but an ordinary guy. He pulls out a gun. She reverses to get away from him. He follows her down the street firing into her windshield and kills her.

    Clothed in the authority of the Law, the officer may well have felt so offended when he was struck, and so frightened for his life, or so disrespected, that he followed up, stalking her down and shooting her over and over again.

    Then, when the heat leaves him, he tries to justify what he did. He wasn’t just struck by her car (not very hard if he’s walking; he’d have been struck in the leg(s)). He was — carried for hundreds of yards on her windshield! (And didn’t manage to scream at her that he’s a police officer, and she should stop?) And in a residential neighborhood no one saw this bit of extreme drama. Though they did see her stalk her retreating car and firing into her windshield, over and over again.

    If he found it necessary to tell such a whopper, then it seems obvious that he thinks he murdered her. And I agree with him.

    Comment by Tanya | October 3, 2012 | Reply


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