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30 Minutes- Justice for Carlos La Madrid
Justice for Carlos La Madrid (28:04) 2011-04-10 Amanda Shauger
30 Minutes- Justice for Carlos La Madrid A banner from Carlos La Madrid's 2010 high school graduation held by family members. Amanda Shauger
30 Minutes features excerpts from a press conference to demand justice for Carlos La Madrid. On March 21, a Border Patrol agent shot 19 year old U.S. citizen Carlos La Madrid as he attempted to scale the border wall into Mexico, just east of the Douglas port of entry. Details are unclear at this time, but the Cochise County Sheriff's Department says that Douglas Police officers noticed a suspicious vehicle and that the vehicle driven by La Madrid sped towards the U.S. Mexico border. Officials say rocks were thrown at the Border Patrol agent and that La Madrid had marijuana in the vehicle. A passenger is in currently in custody. The name of the officer who shot La Madrid has not been made public at this time. La Madrid died at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. The case is under investigation.

On Friday April 8, Tucson community members gathered with members of the La Madrid family at the Federal Building in Tucson. People offered condolences to the family and expressed rage at the officials involved. They also demanded that justice be served.

Speakers include Rev. Alison Harrington from the Southside Presbyterian Church; Javier Teran, Carlos La Madrid's uncle; attorney Paul Gattone from the National Lawyers Guild; Raul Alcaraz from Corazon de Tucson; Lelani Clark from U.N.I.D.O.S.; and Kat Rodriguez, Program Director from Derechos Humanos.