May 7, 2012
Mexican government officials blasted the U.S. government for “failing to prosecute a Border Patrol agent” who admitted he shot an illegal alien at the U.S.-Mexican border nearly two years ago. An investigation revealed that the agent was being assaulted with rocks thrown by a gang of Mexicans, according to a legal watchdog group based in the nation’s capital.
The controversial shooting incident occurred in the summer of 2010 when the federal agent, Jesus Mesa, spotted a group of Mexicans crossing the Rio Grande near El Paso. U.S. authorities say Mesa fatally shot a teen (Sergio Hernández-Guereca) traveling with the group in self-defense after the teen and his friends threw rocks at the agent, according to Judicial Watch.
Last year a Texas judge dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. government but allowed a lawsuit against the agent to proceed. The Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) has spent the last two years conducting a “comprehensive and thorough investigation into the shooting” in an effort to file federal criminal charges against the Border Patrol agent.