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Thread: INS Officers Charged in Immigrant's Death.

  1. #1
    Guest
    In an early morning raid in March 2001, federal agents burst
    into
    a house northwest of Houston, arrested 20 illegal immigrants and beat
    one
    of them, Serafin Olvera-Carrera, to the point of paralysis. Olvera was
    never able to speak again, and he died of his injuries 11 months later.

    Today, three of the agents, all from the Immigration and Naturalization
    Service, were charged with violating the civil rights of Olvera, a
    father
    of five who had beenin the country a decade legally before allowing his
    immigration status to lapse just before the raid.

    The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court in Houston, charges one of
    the
    INS officers, Carlos Reyna, with giving Olvera a beating that
    apparently
    caused a traumatic injury to his spinal cord. Another officer, Richard
    Gonzales, was charged with dousing him with pepper spray. Both of those
    agents as well as a third, Louis Gomez, were charged with denying him
    medical care. All the agents were based in the San Antonio INS office.

    If convicted, the agents face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison
    and a
    fine of $250,000.

    "The Justice Department is committed to vigorously prosecuting those
    law
    enforcement officers who abuse their sworn positions of trust and
    mistreat
    those in custody," Assistant Attorney General Ralph F. Boyd Jr. said in
    a
    statement.

    Olvera's beating and subsequent death has generated some news media
    attention in Mexico, whose relations with Texas have already been
    strained
    by the state's execution of a Mexican citizen in August.

    The beating took place March 25 last year in Bryan, Tex., about 90
    miles
    northwest of Houston. According to the INS, the agents were searching
    for a
    fugitive when they launched their raid. However, there was no
    indication
    that Olvera, who had come to the United States in 1977 and worked as a
    roofer in Houston and Bryan, was the one who had been sought.

    In a statement released within days of the raid, the INS said one of
    its
    agents was assaulted in the course of the arrests, although it did not
    name
    Olvera as the assailant and filed no charges against him.

    However, a lawyer for Olvera's family said Olvera was beaten without
    provocation, hit and kicked repeatedly and then bound, his arms and
    legs
    behind him, and made to lie face-down on the kitchen floor. At that
    point,
    according to a lawsuit filed on Olvera's behalf in February, one of the
    agents jumped up and drove his knee into Olvera's back.

    "Serafin yelled out, 'You broke me!' " said family lawyer, Sean Lyons.

    Those, apparently, were the last words he spoke. Shortly afterward, his
    condition deteriorated, and he was paralyzed from the neck down. He
    spent
    the rest of his life in a hospital in Houston, unable to speak or
    breathe
    without a respirator.

    Lyons, who interviewed a number of witnesses and spent hours with
    Olvera in
    the hospital before he died, said it was extremely unlikely that
    Olvera,
    who was listed as 5-foot-6 and 145 pounds on his driver's license, had
    done
    anything to provoke the INS agents.

    Olvera was 47 when he died Feb. 24. An autopsy by the Harris County
    medical
    examiner in Houston classified Olvera's death a homicide and concluded
    the
    cause of death was complications from "blunt force trauma to the neck."
    The
    agents posted bond in San Antonio today, but were forbidden to travel
    except to Houston.

  2. #2
    Guest
    In an early morning raid in March 2001, federal agents burst
    into
    a house northwest of Houston, arrested 20 illegal immigrants and beat
    one
    of them, Serafin Olvera-Carrera, to the point of paralysis. Olvera was
    never able to speak again, and he died of his injuries 11 months later.

    Today, three of the agents, all from the Immigration and Naturalization
    Service, were charged with violating the civil rights of Olvera, a
    father
    of five who had beenin the country a decade legally before allowing his
    immigration status to lapse just before the raid.

    The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court in Houston, charges one of
    the
    INS officers, Carlos Reyna, with giving Olvera a beating that
    apparently
    caused a traumatic injury to his spinal cord. Another officer, Richard
    Gonzales, was charged with dousing him with pepper spray. Both of those
    agents as well as a third, Louis Gomez, were charged with denying him
    medical care. All the agents were based in the San Antonio INS office.

    If convicted, the agents face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison
    and a
    fine of $250,000.

    "The Justice Department is committed to vigorously prosecuting those
    law
    enforcement officers who abuse their sworn positions of trust and
    mistreat
    those in custody," Assistant Attorney General Ralph F. Boyd Jr. said in
    a
    statement.

    Olvera's beating and subsequent death has generated some news media
    attention in Mexico, whose relations with Texas have already been
    strained
    by the state's execution of a Mexican citizen in August.

    The beating took place March 25 last year in Bryan, Tex., about 90
    miles
    northwest of Houston. According to the INS, the agents were searching
    for a
    fugitive when they launched their raid. However, there was no
    indication
    that Olvera, who had come to the United States in 1977 and worked as a
    roofer in Houston and Bryan, was the one who had been sought.

    In a statement released within days of the raid, the INS said one of
    its
    agents was assaulted in the course of the arrests, although it did not
    name
    Olvera as the assailant and filed no charges against him.

    However, a lawyer for Olvera's family said Olvera was beaten without
    provocation, hit and kicked repeatedly and then bound, his arms and
    legs
    behind him, and made to lie face-down on the kitchen floor. At that
    point,
    according to a lawsuit filed on Olvera's behalf in February, one of the
    agents jumped up and drove his knee into Olvera's back.

    "Serafin yelled out, 'You broke me!' " said family lawyer, Sean Lyons.

    Those, apparently, were the last words he spoke. Shortly afterward, his
    condition deteriorated, and he was paralyzed from the neck down. He
    spent
    the rest of his life in a hospital in Houston, unable to speak or
    breathe
    without a respirator.

    Lyons, who interviewed a number of witnesses and spent hours with
    Olvera in
    the hospital before he died, said it was extremely unlikely that
    Olvera,
    who was listed as 5-foot-6 and 145 pounds on his driver's license, had
    done
    anything to provoke the INS agents.

    Olvera was 47 when he died Feb. 24. An autopsy by the Harris County
    medical
    examiner in Houston classified Olvera's death a homicide and concluded
    the
    cause of death was complications from "blunt force trauma to the neck."
    The
    agents posted bond in San Antonio today, but were forbidden to travel
    except to Houston.

  3. #3
    Guest
    ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!!!

  4. #4
    Guest
    God !!! and these INS guys were hispanic too !!!!

  5. #5
    Guest
    If you are latin coming into the USA as a visitor, and want to have a good chance of being harrased at a POE, look for a Latino looking inspector.
    If you want to enter and be treated as a normal visitor, look for a white or black inspector, there is a good chance they will be "pure breed" americans, and you will have no problems with them. I am not kidding, I speak from my own experience when visiting the US, I am from Latin America.

  6. #6
    Guest
    man you are so right. I think some of these non white officers don't like to see outsiders of their same ethnic group.

  7. #7
    Guest
    That's very sad to hear the truth about Naturalized immigrants using power and abusive manners against their same race.

  8. #8
    Guest
    Justice is NOT blind, I bet that these officers will get off scot-free, or with a minimal sentence.

    Can you even imagine what would have happened if an immigrant did this to an INS officer?

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