Authorities Investigate Hit-And-Run On Native American Reservation Involving Border Patrol

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2018

U.S. Border Patrol officials have opened an investigation after video surfaced showing an agency vehicle striking a man on a Native American reservation in Arizona and driving away, The New York Times reported.

Agents with the Laredo Sector Border Patrol arrested two undocumented immigrants during a vehicle bailout.

"I ran into the dirt road in front of my house, because I know they'll try and hit me", Remes said, adding that he was speaking on a landline to a cousin.

The video also elicited largely critical responses from Tohono O'odham Nation residents, many of whom have frequently complained of Border Patrol harassment and increased militarization throughout the southern Arizona tribal nation, which includes 62 miles of global boundary.

In a statement, Border Patrol says it is investigating the incident.

The Native American man said that it all started when he went outside to search for a speaker to listen to music.

In March 2017, members of the tribe protested outside the Tucson offices of Senator John McCain against President Donald Trump's planned border wall which would cross tribal lands. Agents conducted a biometric records check and identified him as 35-year-old Jose Roberto Chavez, a previously deported Mexican national.

'I'm doing all right, I'm just a little sore, really, ' he told the Star on Friday.

Tohono O'odham Nation has also said that the tribe's police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Attorney's Office are investigating the incident.

Remes, 34, had thought the agent might turn around after turning on his sirens, he told the Daily Star.

If you suspect suspicious activity, you can call the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994.

On Friday, Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Edward D. Manuel labeled the video disturbing in a statement. "Tohono O'odham have been feeling the increasing struggle of maintaining our Himdag (Way of Life) and Sovereignty in the face of the greater militarization and U.S. Border policies". "We do not tolerate misconduct on or off duty and will fully cooperate with all investigations of alleged unlawful conduct by our personnel", the Border Patrol said.

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