Mexican teen drinks fatal liquid meth at U.S. border
Mexican teen drinks fatal liquid meth at U.S. border
The teen's family filed a civil lawsuit against the officers and the agency claiming that the two officers actions led to Velazquez's death
30 Julio, 2017, 04:50
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Californian Democrat and member of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, told ABC news on Saturday she believes the actions of the agents resulted in his death.
The video shows two border patrol officers who appear to be encouraging a Mexican teenager to drink liquid methamphetamine.
He took four sips of the fluid in total, and died less than two hours later.
The former head of internal affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, James Tomsheck, said their actions clearly violated agency protocols.
Velazquez moved on to a secondary inspection where the teen was asked to drink from bottles again to prove it was not a controlled substance. SEE ALSO: Texas companies bid to build $20M border wall prototypeRep.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Missouri and the positioning individual from the House Homeland Security Committee, resounded those notions. "Drug smuggling is wrong and is a crime, but this teenage boy did not deserve a death sentence", Lofgren told ABC News. "For CBP officers to inflict a summary death sentence is not only immoral, but also illegal". "In order for CBP officers to prevent smuggling, ensure public safety, and do their hard job at the border properly, CBP must have the appropriate protocols in place and officers must follow them", Thompson told ABC News.
"While there is no reason for endeavoring to bring illegal substances into the nation, it is completely certain from the video that there were various disappointments in judgment and system that prompted the silly passing of a 16-year-old kid".
Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat from NY, said this occurrence features the need to pass enactment he presented not long ago that would require outskirt officers to wear body cameras while on obligation.
The 16-year-old Mexican high school student, Cruz Velazquez, died after he drank the substance from two bottles in front of the border officers, Valerie Baird and Adrian Perallon. "Right around a pleasure that you would find in youngsters who simply pull the wings off flies gradually, a grin when he's being made a request to drink something and being placed in this position". Both officers, who declined through their attorneys to be interviewed by ABC News, denied asking Velazquez to drink from the bottle, and the official report called the incident an "accident". The Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego released a brief statement to ABC News.
The San Diego County's Medical Examiner's Office ruled his death accidental. Meanwhile, U.S. taxpayers paid out a $1 million settlement to the teen's family earlier this year over a wrongful-death lawsuit.
Shortly after ingesting the liquid, Velazquez Acevedo began sweating and screaming in pain, before convulsing and shouting the words "mi corazon" [my heart] repeatedly, according to a lawsuit filed by the family in a Californian federal court. "How can the government allow that?"
Speaking to the outlet, Reyna Velazquez, Cruz's sister, said, "How can the government allow that?" "They took him as a trick, as who cares. Well, that fool, he was the greatest person I ever knew".
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