Roger Hedgecock - Free Border Agent Jailed for Stopping Drug Smugglers
"Veteran Border Patrol Officer Jesus Diaz faces a sentence of 10 to 35 years in federal prison for doing his job--nabbing drug smugglers sneaking across the Mexican border. Prosecuting the U.S. Border Patrol for doing its job is not new. Obama continues the Bush policy--alking about border security but keeping the border open, and prosecuting Border Patrol agents who get too aggressive enforcing the law," says Roger Hedgecock in a commentary today.
Diaz was prosecuted by Johnny Sutton, the same federal prosecutor that went after Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean for shooting a drug smuggler. In this case, Diaz was prosecuted for "excessive force" for lifting an illegal alien by his handcuffed wrist to force him to the ground as he resisted arrest.
Diaz's wife, herself a Border Patrol agent, says that the prosecutions have left agents unsure about whether they will be prosecuted for enforcing the law.