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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Furious Border Patrol Agents Can’t Shoot Unarmed Suspects In The Back

Reported by Ellen - December 10, 2006 -

Congressman (R-CA) Dana Rohrabacher blew up at Alan Colmes Friday night (12/8/06) for having the audacity to question the actions of two border patrol agents just sentenced to 11 and 12 years for shooting an unarmed suspect from behind and tampering with the evidence to cover it up.

Rohrabacher is leading a group of 48 other Congressional representatives asking President Bush to pardon the two agents.

Colmes mentioned early in the discussion that the agents didn’t know at the time the person was a drug smuggler, he was shot from behind and that the agents failed to report the shooting, as required. “So they didn’t follow the law and that’s part of what figured into this sentencing,” Colmes said.

“That’s baloney. It’s total, absolute baloney,” an obviously peeved Rohrabacher said. Maybe he was ticked off because he was on FOX News and not everybody would agree that shooting the unarmed man from behind was, as Rohrabacher said, a “minor infraction.”

Colmes put up on the screen a quote from the US attorney for Texas’ Western District, Johnny Sutton: “Federal agents do not get to shoot unarmed people as they are running away in the back and then lie about it and cover it up. It’s very important for border agents to follow the laws they enforce, and in those rare instances where they do not do that, it is our job to bring them to justice.” (12/8/06)

“It’s that guy’s job to be the PR man for the drug lord,” Rohrabacher snapped. Not exactly. As a US Attorney, it’s his job to be a prosecutor. Surely Rohrabacher, currently serving his 9th term in Congress, would know that.

“So it’s OK to shoot unarmed people in the back?” Colmes asked.

Rohrabacher rudely told Colmes, “Don’t interrupt.” Rohrabacher went on to call it a “nonsensical policy” that forbids agents from shooting guns “unless you are in eminent (sic) danger. That means nobody will ever be able to control the borders.”

“They were shot in the back, Sir” Colmes reiterated.

Rohrabacher seemed glad the man had been shot. “Shot in the back? This man got in a physical altercation with one of our Border Patrol Agents. He was involved at that moment in the commission of a crime, smuggling drugs into our country. The fact that he got shot in the buttocks while trying to escape – I think that sends the message to drug dealers not to try and smuggle drugs in. Prosecuting the Border Patrol says we’ve got an open border, the drug people can come right in because we will prosecute the Border Patrol if they’re trying to protect us.”

The way Rohrabacher told the story, the agents stopped a truck they thought suspicious, and the driver bolted from the truck toward the border. “One of the agents went around to try to cut him off. Now they have this nonsensical policies (sic) of this administration saying that a border guard can’t discharge his weapon unless he is in eminent (sic) threat of death.” Without offering any proof, Rohrabacher asserted, “This drug dealer knew that. He walked right up to the Border Patrol agent when he was telling him to stop, threw him to the ground and started running away. At that point, his partner, seeing his partner on the ground… shot this guy.”

In his account, Rohrabacher conveniently overlooked the fact that the agents also tampered with the evidence. As the Albuquerque Journal reports, the agents were “found guilty of tampering with evidence for failing to report the incident to their superiors and (one of the agents) also was convicted for tampering by collecting shell casings from the shooting.”

Or is not being allowed to tamper with evidence “nonsensical policy” too?

Rohrabacher sits on the International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights subcommittee. On his Congressional website, he describes himself as “one of the committee's most outspoken advocates of human rights and democracy around the world.”

You can watch the segment on FOXNews.com. It's called "Border Patrol Pardon."