Texas Department of Public Safety Asked to Stop Using Sharpshooters in Helicopters
The Hidalgo County district attorney on Wednesday asked the Texas Department of Public Safety to temporarily suspend its practice of using airborne sharpshooters to disable vehicles during pursuits.
Last week, two immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally were killed by a state trooper near the Mexican border when the agent opened fire from a DPS helicopter on a pickup that fled from police.
The truck was thought to be carrying a drug load but was instead packed with Guatemalan immigrants, officials said. Border Patrol agents detained seven immigrants at the scene and hours later caught the truck’s 14-year-old suspected driver, but a mistake led to his release.
I wrote about this earlier. In that post, I said that I hope the shooter loses his job. I realized later that wasn’t enough. I hope he’s prosecuted. The article above says the case is going to a grand jury. Here’s another article with more about that.
It’s so wrong to say there was sufficient danger to anyone to justify the shooting.