ACLU Wants Answers in DPS Shooting of Unarmed Men From a Helicopter During Chase

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The DPS: Shoot first, evade questions later.
The ACLU of Texas wants state officials to investigate a Department of Public Safety sharpshooter's killing of two unarmed men during an intense chase Thursday in the Rio Grande Valley.

The DPS agent was in a helicopter that was pursuing a pickup truck occupied by suspected illegal immigrants. Three other occupants were injured, according to reports.

"If initial reports are accurate," ACLU of Texas Executive Director Terri Burke stated in a press release, "the DPS has [started] executing persons who they merely suspect of the civil offense of unlawful entry into the united states."

Burke also wants to find out why a state game warden -- who apparently requested DPS back-up -- was involved in the first place.

"Why is a state game warden involved in enforcement of federal immigration law?" Burke said in the release. "Why is a game warden in dangerous high speed pursuit of people who were suspected of nothing more than a civil offense? And where's the 'public safety' when a trooper in a helicopter opens fire on unarmed persons in a vehicle on a public road?"

DPS Spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger confirmed the shootings Thursday but had no details on the incident. Another DPS spokesperson told us they're going to have an updated statement today, and we'll post it as soon as it arrives.


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OneOldVet
OneOldVet

The Alien Criminal Liberties Union won't be happy until a WMD comes across the Rio Grande.

 

Bring ALL of our troops home and let them protect our borders.

wigglwagon
wigglwagon

Running when law enforcement tells you to stop always causes a lot of risks.  

 

"ACLU of Texas Executive Director Terri Burke stated in a press release, "the DPS has [started] executing persons who they merely suspect of the civil offense of unlawful entry into the united states."

 

Really??  What was the intent?  Was DPS just trying to stop them?  How does she know they were only suspected of unlawful entry?

 

"And where's the 'public safety' when a trooper in a helicopter opens fire on unarmed persons in a vehicle on a public road?"

 

Where is the 'public safety' when illegal aliens are allowed to roam freely in America? Apparently, Terri Burke has no concern for the thousands of law abiding legal residents of America who have been killed by allowing the illegal aliens to have free rein.

 

roadgeek
roadgeek

Game wardens are cops.  Urban dwellers don't understand that, and are surprised to find that they can make arrests just like other cops.  

 

Myself,  I think the DPS should shoot some more illegal aliens.  Get the word out that crossing the Rio Bravo is hazardous, and maybe they'll think twice.

H_e_x
H_e_x

 @roadgeek But if their aliens, won't they have spaceships and lasers and things like that? I've seen Mars Attack, and those guns didn't look like jokes.

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