Judge Releases Names of Officials Involved in Tasing Incident

By Paul Krueger and Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 4:53 PM PDT
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Caught on Camera: Border Struggle

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Caught on Camera: Border Struggle

A video appears to show a portion of the confrontation that led to the death of an illegal immigrant May 29 at the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing. Humberto Navarrete captured the grainy and dark video on his cellphone. In it Navarrete said Anastasio Hernandez Rojas yelled for help as U.S. Border Patrol agents attempt to subdue him.
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A San Diego judge has made the names of federal agents involved in the death of an undocumented immigrant public.

In May 2010, the victim Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was subdued with a taser by border patrol agents at the San Ysidro border crossing. Rojas then died of a heart attack.

The government says Hernandez resisted his removal to Mexico.

His family filed a federal lawsuit against the government and 12 customs, border patrol and immigration agents.

The agents' names have remained a secret until now.

NBC 7 San Diego, along with other local media and the American Civil Liberties Union successfully challenged that decision, arguing that the public has a right to know which agents are accused of mistreating Hernandez.

The names released are the following, and their positions range from Border Patrol agents to Customs and Border Protection officers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

  • Jerry Vales
  • Kurt Sauer
  • Alan Boutwell
  • Ramon DeJesus
  • Edward Caliri
  • Guillermo Avila
  • Ishmael Finn
  • Derrick Llewellyn
  • Phillip Graciela's
  • Andre Piligrino
  • Harinzo Narainesingh
  • Undercover agent (unnamed)

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