Mexico condemns fatal shooting of citizen at U.S. border

11:07, June 09, 2010      

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Mexico's Foreign Ministry Tuesday condemned the fatal shooting of a teenager on the Mexican side of the Mexico-U.S. border, urging the U.S. government to punish the culprit.

The 14-year-old mexican citizen, Sergio Adrian Hernandez, died from gunshot wounds on Monday night close to the international bridge that links the Mexican city Cuidad Juarez and U.S. city El Paso. He was shot when he and his friends were quarrelling with U.S. border officials and throwing stones.

The ministry said in a statement that "the use of firearms to repel stone-throwing attacks represents a disproportionate use of force, especially coming from authorities that receive special training in the matter."

The ministry urged the U.S. government "to carry out a swift and transparent investigation into the events and punish the guilty."

The ministry said that it was working with the U.S. authorities to set up a dialogue mechanism later to coordinate actions across the border to reduce violence, and added that this incident showed that current procedures needed to be reviewed.

U.S. border authorities were increasingly using force which led to more deaths of Mexican citizens, it said, adding that 17 Mexicans died in the hands of the U.S. authorities since the start of 2010, up from 12 in the whole year of 2009.

Last week, Mexican citizen Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, died after being repeatedly hit by an electrical stun gun by Customs and Border Patrol officers in California's San Diego city. Hernandez had lived 26 years in California.



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