San Diego, CA – New footage has recently become available of the events taking place at the Border Patrol station which preceded the 2010 brutal death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas at the hands of Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents as the U.S. government finalizes a $1 million settlement with the victim’s family.
The settlement, expected to be approved by a federal judge onThursday, March 2, follows years of stalled investigations and denials that border agents did anything wrong. While money can never replace the life of Anastasio, the settlement is a badge of shame for the federal government. It comes at a time when CBP is expected to see a dramatic increase in resources and Border Patrol is expected to grow from 20,000 to 25,000 agents in the southern border region with no commensurate oversight or accountability, leading to concerns that other families will suffer at the hands of out of control border agents.
What: Press conference will include reaction from Anastasio’s family and will also include newly available footage of the events taking place at the Border Patrol station which preceded the death of Anastasio. In addition, actual video testimony of witnesses and defendants will be made available.
When: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 3:00 p.m., immediately following the federal court hearing to finalize the settlement in Anastasio’s case.
Where: Athens Market Taverna, 109 West F. Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Who: Anastasio’s family, attorneys, and supporters will talk about the settlement
- Maria Puga, widow of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, and other family members
- Gene Iredale, lead attorney in the civil case
- Pedro Ríos, director of US-Mexico Border Program at American Friends Service Committee
- Andrea Guerrero, co-chair of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), and co-counsel on pending petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
On May 28, 2010, border agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry brutally beat and tasered Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a longtime resident of San Diego, leading to his death, which was classified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner as a homicide. An eyewitness recorded the incident and the video became international news, calling into question the brutality of CBP, which has long been alleged in the repeated abuse of border residents. The incident and the many others that followed it triggered agency-wide investigations into the use of force, led to new use-of-force policies and the piloting of body-worn cameras by agents.
For more information on the case, click here.
The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) brings together organizations from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas, to ensure that border enforcement policies and practices are accountable and fair, respect human dignity and human rights, and prevent the loss of life in the region.