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Lawsuit Filed Against Border Patrol Agent over Fatal 2011 Shooting

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The controversial deadly shooting of a U.S. citizen by a Border Patrol agent in 2011 is headed to a civil trial in Douglas, Ariz. in what will be a closely watched case, the Arizona Daily Star reports. 

Carlos LaMadris was 19 when he was shot in the back while climbing a ladder back to Mexico. His family said he was peaceful and posed no risks to authorities to provoke Border Patrol Agent Lucas Tidwell.

“It’s not disputed that Tidwell shot and killed LaMadrid by four shots to his back as he was climbing the ladder propped up against the international fence,” said attorney Bill Risner. “It’s uncontradicted that Carlos did not himself use or attempted to use deadly force.”

The federal government argues the shooting was justified because the agent was under attack by rocks and he feared for his life.

No criminal charges have been filed against LaMadris.

Authorities Concerned Drug Smugglers Increasingly Turning to Tunnels

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the past two weeks, law enforcement in Arizona has found two tunnels near the Mexican border, the Arizona Republic reported.

The paper reported that authorities are becoming increasingly concerned that that drug smugglers are turning more to tunnels as a way to smuggle drugs as the U.S. tightens things up at the border.

In Douglas, Az., law enforcement last week found a large hole in the floor of a house with mounds of dirt piled high in other rooms, the paper reported. The hole was the opening for a tunnel drug smugglers were digging from the U.S. to Mexico.

The paper reported that this summer the Border Patrol finished putting up new fencing in Nogales, a border town, so agents can see the other side. That has made it harder for smugglers to avoid detection.

“As smuggling organizations have more trouble moving their contraband both between the ports of entry and through the ports of entry due to increased technology and vigilance at the ports, then they will turn to more of these covert measures,” Vincent Picard, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Phoenix, told the paper.