Sniper Border Agent

Mike Steindel (CLaw7MAn@webtv.net)
Tue, 14 Dec 1999 16:53:57 -0800 (PST)


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Here is another story about the blatant disregard for human life and
contempt for the law exhibited by one of the Laws own enforcers. This
Border Agent has admitted to this cowardly crime and his punishment is
to quit his job. Law Enforcement agents commit heinous crimes against
the innocent people they are sworn to protect and the law looks the
other way when its time to dole out justice. Losing your job as a
punishment for attempted murder is sending the wrong message to our
children. In order that our children learn thats its wrong to do these
things even police and federal agents need to go to jail. Justice is
supposed to be blind and have no one above it.   

That is the letter to the editor I am sending to the latimes.com

Here is the story:
Border Patrol Agent Who Sank Raft Carrying People to Resign 
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SAN DIEGO--A Border Patrol agent who used a pellet gun to sink a raft
carrying three illegal immigrants across the All-American Canal has
agreed to quit the agency to avoid criminal prosecution, according to an
agreement announced Monday. 
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Gary S. Whitfield, 32, admitted that he fired a pellet pistol at the
raft in May and tried to cover it up by throwing the gun into the New
River, his attorney and federal officials said. 
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A witness told authorities that two immigrants swam to safety, but the
third did not make it across. However, no body was ever found in the
canal, which runs along the U.S.-Mexico border. 
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Whitfield acknowledges violating Border Patrol policy against shooting
at illegals trying to cross the border, but a criminal conviction was
unlikely because there was no evidence that anyone was injured, said his
attorney, Everett Bobbitt. 
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"Their chance of conviction, in my opinion, was about zero and they
recognize that or they would have prosecuted it," Bobbitt said. 
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However, federal officials said they had evidence that Whitfield had
bought the gun the day before the shooting and bragged to other agents
that he intended to "get a raft" in the canal. 
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"We had a situation where a Border Patrol agent fired a pellet gun at a
raft, but we couldn't find any victims," said Amalia Meza, an assistant
U.S. attorney. 

As part of the agreement, Whitfield, who has been on administrative duty
at the Calexico station since the May 14 shooting, must quit the Border
Patrol.


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