Family of Man Who Died in CBP Custody Creates Quilt

A man who died after being tased by U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Ysidro is being remembered through the creation of a quilt panel.

The family of Francisco Cesena will create a quilt to represent their loved one and 170 others in order to raise awareness about border militarization and accountability.

In December 2014, Cesena was walking through the San Ysidro Port of Entry in south San Diego when agents recognized him as being armed and dangerous.

After detaining and patting him down, authorities allegedly found heroine on Cesena and later discovered he was wanted on a felony warrant.

Following his detainment, Cesena allegedly attacked two officers. To control him, officers used a Taser on him, which led to his death. He became unresponsive and was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Sharp Chula Vista Hospital.

Since Cesena’s death, family and community members have rallied along the San Ysidro Port of Entry to demand justice for him. California Border Patrol officers said in a statement they only had the intent to arrest the suspect, not to kill him.

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