Wall of silence surrounds killings by border agents


Bob Ortega and Rob O’Dell
Arizona Republic
December 16, 2013

CBP agent conducts "Dragging" technique in which imprints are cleared at the start of the shift in order to better determine a time line of when crossings happen.

CBP agent conducts “Dragging” technique in which imprints are cleared at the start of the shift in order to better determine a time line of when crossings happen.

A ghost is haunting Nogales.

His face stares out from shop windows. It is plastered on handbills and painted on walls under the shadow of the U.S.-Mexican border fence here. Candles and doves are stenciled onto steel posts of the fence itself in his memory, each a promise not to forget the night, 14 months ago, when teenager Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was shot 10 times in the back and head by one or more Border Patrol agents firing through the fence into Mexico.

Similar specters haunt other border towns in Arizona, Texas and California, with the families of the dead charging that Border Patrol agents time and again have killed Mexicans and U.S. citizens with impunity.

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