Video shows how 16-year-old migrant died in his cell on the U.S. Border Patrol's watch
Added 12-07-19 01:13:02pm EST - “Video showing the U.S. Border Patrol cell where a 16-year-old from Guatemala dying on the U.S. Border Patrol's watch and found dead by his cellmate, unlike what the Border Patrol told the public.” - Nydailynews.com
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A 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant, died in a South Texas Border Patrol Station on the morning of May 20, but not the way the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department would have the public believe, published video indicates.
Carlos Gregario Hernandez Vasquez "was found un-responsive this morning during a welfare check,” Border Patrol said in a statement published on May 20.
But, according to the video footage of Vasquez’s cellblock published by ProPublica on Thursday, Vasquez wasn’t found by a Border Patrol official, though an agent reportedly checked in on the dying boy three times early that morning according to the agency’s “subject activity log.” Vasquez was found by his cellmate.
The video footage shows that Vasquez fell face-first into the cell’s concrete floor by the toilet at 1:39 a.m. A Border Patrol agent performed a welfare check at 2:02 a.m. and logged nothing. An agent also performed welfare checks at 4:09 a.m. and 5:05 a.m. and still, Vasquez lay in a pool of his own blood. It wasn’t until his cellmate woke around 6 a.m., finding Vasquez on the floor and notifying a Border Patrol agent, that an official entered the cell to check on the teen boy, finding him dead.
The video shows the cellmate waking up to find Vasquez lying by the cell’s toilet in a pool of his own blood. Seeing this, the video shows the other man go to the cell’s door to notify a Border Patrol agent and get Vasquez help. According to ProPublica, It’s only then — after Vasquez’s cellmate notified a Border Patrol agent — that Vasquez was found unresponsive and determined dead.
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