Their Son Was Killed While Standing In Mexico And Now The Supreme Court Will Decide If They Deserve Justice
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case with potentially huge consequences for several families across the border in Mexico.
They will decide whether or not the family of a Mexican teenager shot on the Mexican side of the border by U.S. Border Patrol agents can sue the U.S. government.
Basically, the court has to decide whether border patrol agents have the power to kill kids, among others, across the border.
On Tuesday, the court agreed to decide whether agents who shoot and kill someone outside of US territory can be held liable by survivors.
The justices said they want to hear arguments about whether federal courts can make decisions regarding deaths that occur outside the US – cases where courts generally have no jurisdiction. But in this case, there’s an argument to be made that the Border Patrol agent violated the victim’s rights and without the courts stepping in to help his family, they have no other legal remedy.
The teenager, 15-year-old Sergio Hernandez, was shot to death by the agent in 2010 as he cowered behind a pillar in Mexico. Hernandez’s family says the agent violated his constitutional rights.
Hernandez’s parents say their son and the others were playing a game: crossing the border, touching a fence and then running back to Mexico soil. Playing a game is no reason to shoot someone, especially a 15-year-old kid.
The response on social media has overwhelmingly been in favor of the boy’s family.
As it should be. You don’t get to shoot someone in the back and then not face the consequences.
And as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pointed out in their decision in support of the victims family, “We have a compelling interest in regulating our own government agents’ conduct on our own soil.”
Some reports have said that the victim was throwing rocks while others maintain he was playing with friends.
According to lawyers for the government, the agent resorted to force only after Hernandez refused to follow commands to stop throwing rocks.
Either way, Twitter has some serious thoughts.
This is just one of the many people who are calling out the obvious.
Many pointed out that even if the victim was throwing rocks, nobody deserves to be shot dead because of it.
Like honestly, how is this something that has to be decided all the way up at the Supreme Court? Isn’t this just common sense?
Other’s pointed out how little faith they have in the court to protect immigrants at the Mexican border.
With the hateful and cruel rhetoric coming from the Trump administration, few expect a decision to come down on the side of justice for the victims.
But all of us are holding out hope that the court will understand that our federal officers must be held accountable.
While for Sergio’s family’s part, they’ve said they’re only seeking justice for their son.
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