U.S. Border Patrol agents are defending a recent incident where children were being taught to aim at human-shaped targets in areas where people have been killed. Photographs of the event have surfaced of children being encouraged to use paint guns to aim at and fire upon targets painted like migrants within 100 feet of Virginia Avenue, in San Diego, California, where people have died from Border Patrol gunfire.
“The target is dressed to resemble a migrant and is located within 100 feet from Virginia Avenue where actual persons have been killed by Border Patrol gunfire,” Immigrants Rights Consortium’s Pedro Rios said, according to NBC San Diego News.
“While encouraging children to use guns to shoot at a migrant effigy is unconscionable, it is also symbolic of the agency’s unabashed culture of violence which has grown from a lack of accountability, oversight and unprofessional standards that rebuke best practices in situations involving use-of-force.”
Border Patrol has no problems teaching kids to shoot at human targets, and claims it is “standard” practice to use targets dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. The organization denies the targets were specifically designed to look like immigrants and that the “activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force.”
Because as we all know, children need to know how deadly force is not applied with a demonstration of aiming a gun at a human target and opening fire.
Since 2010, 20 people have been killed by Border Patrol including a 16 year old boy, shot 11 times in the back for throwing rocks at a fence.
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