PHOENIX – Federal prosecutors on Thursday said they would not pursue another trial against a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teenager across a border fence but who was twice acquitted. Twice Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz was tried. Once in April and again on October 7th.
This has been a nightmare for an officer just trying to do his job. This happened in October of 2012 When Officer Swartz fired at 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez who was throwing rocks at the border patrol agents. The other agents retreated but Swartz had gone through this before.
Normally an agent is not charged with excessive use of force. Swartz did fire 16 times but the jury did not find that excessive.
Hopefully, all can move on with their lives. Rodriguez’s family still claims that their son was not involved. But you need to ask yourself, why was he there? For what purpose? We will inform you as this story develops.
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