Mom resumes lawsuit in son’s border killing


Bob Ortega
AZ Central
August 13, 2013

The mother of a teenager shot to death two years ago by a Border Patrol agent said Monday she’ll resume a federal lawsuit against Customs and Border Protection for negligence in her son’s death. She and her attorneys also called on federal officials to change policies that dictate when agents can use deadly force.

Last year, a federal district court judge in Tucson stayed a suit filed by attorneys for Guadalupe Guerrero against Customs and Border Protection. The judge put the suit on hold pending a Department of Justice investigation into the shooting of Guerrero’s son, Carlos LaMadrid, 19, by Border Patrol agent Lucas Tidwell on March 21, 2011.

Late Friday, Justice officials announced that the department would pursue neither criminal nor civil charges against Tidwell, nor against another agent who fatally shot Ramses Barron Torres, 17, in January 2011 in Nogales, Sonora.

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