I want to broach the subject of the now incarcerated Border Patrol agents for the first time. With the recent prison beating of one of the convicted agents by apparent “illegals” imprisoned in Mississippi, we have the story in our faces once again. I see the incident, the supporters, the detractors and the overall circumstances in a very bright light now.
The supporters seem to be mostly republicans at the federal level. I haven’t heard much about this at the state level on either side. At the local level you have a mixed bag of righties and lefties. Any of you listening to the Strelz’s show have heard from some traditionally left leaning supporters of the agents as well as our traditional republicans as well. Add Lou Dobbs (flaming liberal idiot) and the Minute Men (flaming right-wing idiots) to the picture and this is a nontraditional coalition to say the least.
The detractors are anyone who hasn’t said anything at all. That includes all locally elected El Paso officials. It also includes a lot of democrats up and down the food chain. It seems as if their “no stance” on the issue is saying, “they got what they deserved.” Those democrats passionate about supporting the agents eagerly shift the blame to the President. What’s new – everything is his fault anyhow. I find it disgusting that they do not demand of their elected democrats what they demand of the President. It doesn’t really matter if it’s Bush or Clinton sitting on the throne, you have to hold everyone accountable or no one at all. If you choose to ignore the democrat’s position on this matter and you are a democrat, then you have to call into question your real belief in their politics. Belonging to one party because you hate the other is lazy and a sign of stupidity.
Local loudmouths (that group includes me) would benefit from some coherence in their apoplectic response to what has happened. Letting your local elected officials hide from this issues while throwing the President under the bus doesn’t bring merit to your argument. How is the President to pardon these guys if not one local El Paso official is on record as calling this whole thing bullshit? Our local elected officials are scared shitless of pissing off the La Raza crowd.
As far as the incident itself, I see this on both sides. For those who think they should have gone to jail or been severely punished, I can sympathize. After all, we don’t need to have our law enforcement officials taking shots at people and not reporting the incident. That only leads to that behavior happening more frequently and with less regard for its severity. I imagine the situation where I might be out for a jog on the levy and get shot by some kind of policing agent and have him or her pick up the spent rounds and walk away. What recourse do I have? What protection do I have? I need to know that when you are sworn to protect me that you are going to do the right thing even after you’ve done the wrong thing.
That’s an extreme example, but when these men and women’s words are held in higher regard than mine in a court of law, I want to make sure they are by the book. A five day suspension for covering up a discharge of a sidearm is ridiculous. Termination of employment makes more sense to me.
As for the seven or so other agents involved, I think they should be in jail right alongside these two guys. Your duty as a supervisor or not, is to uphold the law. Turning your back, encouraging them to make the wrong decision or other activity leading to this situation is NOT what you should do as a fellow agent. Therefore you shouldn’t be offered immunity or anything else for that matter. You have a duty as an officer to police yourself and others.
Immunity for these guys angers me. When the “powers that be” offer you immunity that means they know you aren’t going to tell the truth unless offered something. Immunity should never be offered to a member of law enforcement. They should be telling the truth ALL THE TIME! They should not have to be coerced into doing what they swore they would do the day they left the academy and became a bona fide law enforcement officer. Thank God two of those guys got canned. I guess someone in management realized that they were ready to LIE to investigators if they thought the truth might have a negative impact on them.
For those who support them, I can also sympathize. Here we have a drug smuggler assaulting an officer and making a run for it. The officers shot in what they thought was self defense. The guy showed no signs of being hit. Instead of dealing with days of paperwork, they seized the vehicle and went on about their day. For all intents in purposes, they stopped illegal drugs from hitting our street. Good job.
When the smuggler shows up in a more than “fishy” circumstance, bells and whistles along with red flags and other color coded warnings should have been heard, thrown and seen. This smuggler is ADVISED by someone that his civil rights have been violated by someone in the know. That should have been a red whistle bell flag raising event as well. Instead, we go arrestssome agents and put them on trial. Meanwhile the whole agency is demoralized by the Federal Attorney’s efforts.
What should have happened is that the two agents own up to not putting in a report and not knowing that they shot the DRUG SMUGGLER. They get their punishment and while they are on leave, the DRUG SMUGGLER is identified by the parties involved and arrested for his illegal act. There is no reason that anyone other than the DRUG SMUGGLER should be serving hard time here.
Of course this is America where the taxpayers are slaves and the illegals are unrestricted consumers of the economy we built.
Looking at how the agents acted and how the DRUG SMUGGLER was treated makes me want to eat apple pie and drive my Chevy into a light post.
Take what you want from this, but hold all elected officials equally accountable. Also remember that a JURY convicted these guys because a few of them didn’t have enough balls to make a guy miss a fishing trip.