Jurors in Arizona found that border policeman Lonnie Swartz was not guilty of second degree murder in a fatal shootup by a teenager from Mexico, but they stopped for minor killing
U. S.. District Judge Rainer Collins declared wrongdoing, which means that Swartz, 43, was again sued for drugging the death of 16-year-old Antonio Elena Rodriguez of Nogales, Mexico, who threw stones at border guards during a smuggling trial. 19659007] On October 10, 2012, Swartz fired 16 times and hit Rodriguez 10 times – eight in the back – on a road that runs along the US-Mexico border.
Prosecutors conceded that Rodriquez tossed During a drug smuggling, he rocked, but said his actions did not require deadly force. Lawyers for Swartz said the officer was entitled to shoot, and he acted in self-defense.
The Associated Press says the jury has been deliberating for over 18 hours over five days.
According to The Arizona Daily Star: "During the trial … the jurors had questions for most of the witnesses, asking the witnesses if concrete pieces shown to them could be part of larger pieces, as the question of the Size of the stones were thrown at Swartz and other officers, and they asked if other agents and officers who were taking cover and not firing felt their lives in danger, and they wanted to know if there was a police officer from Nogales [Arizona] had been that night, his dog had taken to the vet to confirm that he was not hit – Swartz said he heard an agent say he had been hit, and another had told the officer that his dog was hit by a rock.
As AP Notes:
"The Border Patrol was scrutinized during the Obama administration for allegations of excessive use of force. Customs and Border Protection reported over 55 incidents involving employees using firearms as of October 1, 2011. September 30, 2012 Five years later, the number of incidents fell to 17 for the same period.
"… The trial took place when President Donald Trump called for the deployment of National Guard troops to the Mexican border to free the border guards and prevent people from illegally entering the United States."