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Federal office shooting reveals more problems in U.S. judicial system


13:47, February 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The shooting at the Long Beach federal building that took one life and seriously injured another last Thursday has revealed more problems within the judicial system in the United States.

Last Thursday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that Ezequiel Garcia, a supervisory special agent at ICE, opened fire on the 7th floor of the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building. He was involved in a job counseling session with the victim, Kevin Kozak, deputy special agent in charge of the Los Angeles areas.

According to the ICE, Garcia is said to have shot Kevin Kozak, the office's number two in command, six times. Kozak has been hospitalized and survived his wounds.

Garcia was reportedly upset that Kozak had denied his request for a transfer. ICE Agent Perry Woo entered the meeting room and wrestled for Garcia's gun. Woo shot and killed Garcia, ending the deadly confrontation.

The incident has shocked law enforcement officers both at the federal and local levels. It also reveals the problems that have existed in the U.S. judicial system.

The death of Garcia is a tragedy, but behind the tragedy, people have discovered more upsets Garcia had experienced.

Ironically, Garcia and his colleague were said to have been brutally treated by police officers from Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

According to a lawsuit filed by Garcia in 2000, he and another immigration agent claimed they were roughed up by LAPD officers while doing undercover work.

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Christine at 2012-02-2371.198.42.*
Thank goodness we have Agents like Perry Woo ! Mr. Woo needs to be "PROMOTED" for his actions !!!

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