Trump administration has until August 10, 2017 to respond to allegations of extrajudicial killing, torture, and obstruction of justice in the killing of Anastasio Hernández-Rojas by border agents
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SAN DIEGO -- In a historic move, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) officially opened the case of Anastasio Hernández-Rojas, a longtime resident of San Diego who was brutally beaten, tortured and killed in 2010 by federal agents from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The IACHR announced on May 10, 2017 that it will move forward with the case, and has given the US government three months to respond to allegations of extrajudicial killing, torture, and obstruction of justice. This is the first case alleging an unlawful killing by law enforcement opened by the IACHR against the United States.
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. A video recorded by an eyewitness became international news and provided damning evidence of the brutality of CBP, which has long been alleged in the repeated abuse of border residents. This incident and the many others that followed triggered Congressional inquiries, agency-wide investigations into the use of force, new use-of-force policies that, among other things, limited the use of Tasers, and the piloting of body-worn cameras by agents.
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