On Friday morning, Latino Rebels received the following media release statement from New Sanctuary Coalition about the ICE shooting of Eric Diaz, a story that has been reported in New York City media:
BROOKLYN — Faith leaders, immigration activists, and citizens of conscience associated with New Sanctuary Coalition and other organizations rallied outside of Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park for more than seven hours on Thursday, February 6. The gathering was in support of Eric Diaz, who was shot in the face by an ICE agent that morning. Both Mr. Diaz and Gaspar Avendaño-Hernandez were unarmed and both are hospitalized after ICE tasered and pepper-sprayed Mr. Avendaño-Hernandez as they attempted to arrest him without properly identifying themselves or indicating what the charges were.
“Why is ICE shooting at anyone?” New Sanctuary Coalition Executive Director Ravi Ragbir asked. “This is a civilian agency, not a police agency, and the mere fact that they used a gun and fired a shot is excessive force.”
Dozens rallied for hours in support of the family in front of the hospital where Eric Diaz is being treated. Avendaño-Hernandez was tased during the takedown, so he’s being treated at the hospital but technically in ICE custody. @PIX11News pic.twitter.com/B8kc34hALJ
— Cristian Benavides (@cbenavidesTV) February 7, 2020
People gathering outside of Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn (corner of 49th st & Fort Hamilton) right now. Supposedly, an ICE agent shot someone in the face while they were trying to detain them. That person is in the hospital now but folks think ICE may try to deport them still. pic.twitter.com/acON0U06MY
— Ash J (@AshAgony) February 6, 2020
Exclusive: @StevenDPatzer calls for peace and calm while addressing concerned friends and family members of Eric Diaz and Gaspar Hernandez who are in Maimonides Hospital after an altercation and shooting by ICE agents pic.twitter.com/KKQFdWn3pj
— Boo Boo Media (@askbooboo) February 7, 2020
ICE officers continue to occupy space in the patient care area of the medical center. Their continued presence after this violent and excessively aggressive action poses an ongoing threat and can only be interpreted as an intimidation tactic aimed not only at their immediate victims but also at those victims’ families and any other immigrants or undocumented individuals receiving services at the hospital.
Led by New Sanctuary Coalition and other immigrant rights organizations, activists and supporters re-convened at 6 a.m. this morning to stand with the family, offering public and visible and loving support and witness.
A coalition of healthcare workers and nurses will also be conducting a Hospitals are for Healing rally at 4 p.m. today at Ft. Hamilton Parkway and 48th Street. Rally organizers are demanding that ICE agents leave the hospital and cease their intimidation tactics.
UPDATE: ICE issued a statement about the shooting.