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The original press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection claimed the agency was responding to reports of “illegal activity” near a culvert in Rio Bravo, Texas, when an agent was attacked by multiple people with “blunt objects.” That’s when he …
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent on Wednesday shot and killed a migrant woman in Rio Bravo, Texas, BuzzFeed News reported.
The agent was investigating a report of illegal activity near a culvert, according to the report. After he approached a group of immigrants, they reportedly tried to attack him with “blunt objects.” During the altercation, the agent shot a woman in the head.
According to the report, the agent gave the woman CPR until emergency crews arrived, but she later died from her injury. Other people ran after the shot was fired. They were later detained by other agents, Border Patrol told Buzz Feed.
Marta Martinez lives next to the site where the woman was shot, and she livestreamed what was happening on Facebook.
She told BuzzFeed she saw a woman lying on the ground but could not determine her age.
“I heard a Border Patrol agent screaming, ‘See what happens? See what you caused?’” Martinez told BuzzFeed.
According to Martinez, Border Patrol agents flipped the woman over and saw she was bleeding heavily from the left side of her face. Her video shows a Border Patrol agent walking out of an empty building with two people in handcuffs.
What else did the eyewitness say?
Martinez is heard saying to the agent, “Why did you kill that woman? You killed her. I saw you with the gun.”
She also said she did not see the migrants attacking the agent before the woman was shot.
“The girl was in the grass and trees; to me she was hiding,” Martinez told BuzzFeed. “They’re saying they threw rocks at the agents, but the two migrants were scared and the one guy was scared — they didn’t have rocks in their hands.”
The FBI and the Texas Rangers are investigating.
Figures released by the agency reflected a 73 percent increase in attacks on Border Patrol agents, from 454 in fiscal year 2016 to 786 in 2017.
Migrant children in custody of United States Customs and Border Protection officers were routinely beaten, kicked and shocked with Tasers, and some were threatened with sexual violence or death, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. The documents detail allegations made by migrant children who say that border patrol agents used unnecessary and illegal force in detaining them between 2009 and 2014.
The American Civil Liberties Union issued a report this week that said many immigrant children are physically and sexually abused in federal custody and officials are doing little to stop it. The report is based on internal investigations conducted by the Department of Homeland Security in 2014 that found 25 percent of children between the ages of five and 17 in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody had reported physical abuse, including sexual assault and beatings by Border Patrol agents.
By Scott Friedman and Jack Douglas Jr. Less than a mile from the Rio Grande River, in a valley well known to law enforcement as the “RGV,” a U.S. Border Patrol agent shouted into his radio: “I got visual. They are running toward the tower, copy.”