Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Border Patrol agent: 'We need help'

Border Patrol agent: 'We need help'

"We asked them where they were going to drop us off and they said at a bus station and there you might find some people who can help you, and that's it", said Angel Gonzalez, 34, who left Guatemala on April 25 with his 11-year-old son and traveled through Mexico before crossing the USA border.

Bowen goes on trial August 13 on charges of depriving the Guatemalan migrant of his rights under the color of law and falsifying records after the December 3, 2017, incident in Nogales, Arizona.

Another text about migrants who threw rocks at agents, causing one officer to fall and suffer a gash to his arm, called them "subhuman" and "unworthy of being kindling for a fire".

What did the agent text about immigrants?

In another text, someone asked Bowen "Did you gas hiscorpse [SIC] or just use regular peanut oil while tazing??"

After this, Bowen allegedly filed a false police report. "For a frying effect".

He is the fifth migrant child since December to die after being taken into custody at the southern border by federal immigration authorities.

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Bowen responded, "Guats [a derogatory term for Guatemalans] are best made crispy with an olive oil from their native pais [Spanish for "country"]".

Racist text messages sent by an Arizona Border Patrol agent accused of having struck a Guatemalan man with a government vehicle could play a key role in seeing him convicted of federal charges, prosecutors said.

After another rock throwing incident in November 2017, Bowen sent Swartz a message calling the throwers "mindless murdering savages".

Bowen's defense attorney is not denying that the texts were sent, but instead argued that this type of behavior was "commonplace throughout the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, that it is part of the agency's culture, and therefore says nothing about Mr. Bowen's mind-set".

When Lopez Aguilar tried to run away, after an agent called on him to surrender, Bowen reportedly turned his truck to follow him before striking the 23-year-old, knocking him to the ground. When Lopez attempted to make a run back to the border, Bowen "accelerated aggressively" and hit him twice from behind, according to prosecutors. The migrant in the 2015 incident was tackled after the person's group scattered.

Advocates demanded that President Donald Trump's administration act to safeguard the lives of children in detention as border crossings surge and the U.S. Border Patrol detains thousands of families at a time in overcrowded facilities, tents, and outdoor spaces.

In a memorandum submitted to his superiors December 12, 2018, Bowen claimed he wasn't certain if his truck actually made contact with Lopez and that he never meant to strike him or cause fear, prompting federal prosecutors to accuse Bowen of knowingly filing a false report.

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