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Border Patrol Agents Reportedly Fired Rubber Bullets at Children and Families Swimming in Juarez
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51383"><span class="small">Rebecca Fishbein, Splinter</span></a>   
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:31

Fishbein writes: "Border Patrol agents allegedly fired rubber bullets at families enjoying a peaceful Sunday swim in the Rio Grande in Juarez over the weekend, according to a report from El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM."

A man fishes at the Rio Grande river with the U.S.-Mexico border barrier (TOP) in the background on June 27, 2019, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (photo: Getty Images)
A man fishes at the Rio Grande river with the U.S.-Mexico border barrier (TOP) in the background on June 27, 2019, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (photo: Getty Images)


Border Patrol Agents Reportedly Fired Rubber Bullets at Children and Families Swimming in Juarez

By Rebecca Fishbein, Splinter

13 August 19

 

order Patrol agents allegedly fired rubber bullets at families enjoying a peaceful Sunday swim in the Rio Grande in Juarez over the weekend, according to a report from El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM.

The outlet reports that the families were swimming near the Border Barrier in Sunland Park when the Border Patrol agents opened fire, allegedly after a guard warned one swimmer he was swimming too close to the U.S.-controlled American Dam. 20 to 30 agents reportedly then swarmed the area and shot rubber bullets into the crowd, which included families with small children, after some of the swimmers protested. At least two men were hit, according to reports.

Bystanders said the agents fired at least 12 rubber bullets, according to KTSM.

Rubber bullets are technically “non-lethal,” but they can cause serious injury and bodily harm, particularly if shot indiscriminately into a crowd. A 2000 study out of Israel found that inaccuracy in aim could lead to “substantial mortality, morbidity, and disability,” if bullets managed to hit protesters in vulnerable areas like the head or neck.

In December, Border Patrol agents fired rubber bullets and tear gas at migrants staging a protest at the border near California’s San Ysidro border crossing. There were quite a few small children among them:

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+2 # madams12 2019-08-13 22:12
shooting "rubber" (steel coated wtih rubber) bullets just as over 11,000 US police agencies have been taught to do by the israeli police and military since 2002!! they routinely shoot at youngsters at the Gaza (Cage) Wall...dozens of trained snipers line up on hills overlooking this large concentration camp and pick off youngsters who have the audacity to throw stones at heavily armed/kevlared israeli snipers. Just like they were taught.
 
 
+1 # lorenbliss 2019-08-13 23:51
Coming soon to ANY "unauthorized" gathering in the United States, whether for protest or pleasure.
 
 
+3 # DongiC 2019-08-14 02:37
ICE agents continue to disgrace us. Firing rubber bullets at people swimming in the Rio Grande. What are they drunk with their own self-importance or have some irresistible need to flaunt their power? More and more, ICE comes to represent a fascist organization. We have to defeat Trump in 20/20 so we can reform ICE and make it more sensitive to immigrants especially those from Latin America.