Widow of man killed during confrontation with Border Patrol wants investigation
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A woman whose husband died during a confrontation with
Border Patrol agents near the San Ysidro border crossing two years ago
demanded an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department Monday, following the
release of new video of the encounter.
Maria Puga, the widow of 32-year-old Anastacio Hernandez-Rojas, issued
her demand at a news conference.
“I want to know the truth, I demand justice, not just for Anastacio,
but for all the other families that have lost a loved one at the hands of the
Border Patrol,” Puga said in Spanish.
She said her 6-year-old son asks all the time why his father was killed,
and she doesn't have an answer for him.
The Border Patrol declined to comment and referred requests to the
Justice Department in Washington, D.C., which did not immediately respond.
The video, which aired on PBS over the weekend, shows Border Patrol
agents surrounding Rojas while he was on the ground in May 2010.
San Diego police, who investigated the death, said Hernandez-Rojas and
his brother were caught on Otay Mountain trying to enter the country illegally
and agreed to be returned to Mexico. However, when his handcuffs were removed
at the border gate at San Ysidro, he allegedly became violent.
According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office, Hernandez-
Rojas died of a heart attack, with high blood pressure and methamphetamine as