Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Ramos and Compean: Keep Them in Prison

There's a lot of foofoodust being spread about regarding Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean.

Here's the rest of the story, from the National Review (not a lefty bunch,) quoted in a more lengthy article.

...Compean admitted to investigators early on that the smuggler had raised his hands, palms open, in an attempt to surrender. This jibed not only with Aldrete-Davila’s account but with that of another Border Patrol agent. Compean opted not to take surrender, not to place the smuggler under arrest so he could be prosecuted.

...Compean, to the contrary, tried to strike Aldrete-Davila with the butt of his shotgun. But it turns out the agent was as hapless as he was malevolent. In the assault, he succeeded only in losing his own balance. The smuggler, naturally, took off again, whereupon Compean unleashed an incompetent fuselage — missing Aldrete-Davila with all fourteen shots.

It was only after the surrender attempt that Ramos opened fire as the unarmed smuggler neared the border. Defending his decision to bring the case, U.S. attorney Sutton later explained: “Border Patrol training allows for the use of deadly force when an agent reasonably fears imminent bodily injury or death. An agent is not permitted to shoot an unarmed suspect who is running away.” The fact that Aldrete-Davila was a drug-dealer — something the agents may have suspected but had not yet confirmed at the time they were shooting at him — did not justify the responsive use of potentially deadly force under standard law-enforcement rules of engagement.

The red-highlighted sentence is absolutely critical to the discussion. Regardless of any other considerations, shooting someone in the back is flat-out wrong and immoral (unless it's accidental and connected to shooting at another perp who IS firing at the LEO e.g.)

HT: The Agitator

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