For this ninth installment of #LatinoRebels10 in celebration of Latino Rebels’ 10th anniversary, we look back to a story from 2019 when an ICE agent opened fired at an unarmed individual. For more installments, click here.
It was September 2019 when we were notified of an incident in Antioch, Tennessee. According to witnesses and organizers, an “ICE agent fired an unconfirmed number of gunshots at the man who refused to show his ID.” The details of the entire story are here, and the Antioch story once again proved how much of a rogue agency ICE can be, along with other agencies in the immigration enforcement system.
From the 2019 story:
“This is unlike anything we have seen before. We have never seen an ICE agent use lethal force in a civil matter before,” said Anna Albescu, member of The MIX. The ICE agent who was involved in this incident was one of two agents involved in a prior incident that occurred in Hermitage, TN, on July 22, 2019. In Hermitage, ICE attempted to use MNPD’s presence to intimidate a father to leave his vehicle after he calmly and lawfully refused.
“In light of what happened this morning, it is clear that Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials are aware and frustrated that community members understand how to exercise their rights. Now, ICE agents are taking out their frustrations on our neighbors by escalating civil matters into use of lethal force,” said Hernan Crescencio, member of the MIX.
Here are just a few of others stories we have covered over the years where agencies went too far:
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