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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

PRESENTE.ORG RESPONDS TO DOJ’s DECISION TO CLOSE THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE KILLING BY BORDER PATROL AGENTS OF ANASTASIO HERNANDEZ-ROJAS

CONTACT: MEDIA@PRESENTE.ORG

Nov. 7, 2015

Presente.org’s Interim Executive Director, Favianna Rodriguez, issued the following statement:

“Our hearts go out to Anastasio’s family and loved ones. No one should experience the terror and pain of unjust, violent treatment at the hands of law enforcement. Latinos have gotten to know Anastasio’s story well since the Border Patrol killed him five years ago. First, we heard him screaming for his life through a bystander's audio recording, and when video surfaced later, we saw him handcuffed, face down on the pavement, while more than a dozen Border Patrol agents surrounded him, beating and tasing him to death.

“There are few words to describe the inhumanity of these Border Patrol agents’ brutal, unprofessional treatment of Anastasio. We are outraged, nearly 40,000 Presente members called on the DOJ to provide justice for Anastasio. Through Presente, artists immortalized Anastasio, and his face was known in protests across the country. The DOJ let the Border Patrol get away with murder, and all Latinos are less safe for it. As we continue to work with his family for justice and accountability, we will not forget Anastasio. We urge the Obama Administration to require all Border Patrol agents and officers to wear body cameras and conduct an administrative investigation of the agents involved in this incident, and all the other Border Patrol killings across the country.”

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Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group; advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.