TRIAL BEGINS AGAINST BORDER PATROL AGENT NICHOLAS CORBETT IN MURDER OF FRANCISCO JAVIER DOMINGUEZArizona 27 Feb 2008 17:07 GMT
The need for greater accountability and training within the Border Patrol was exemplified by the January 12, 2007 murder of Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera by Tucson Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Corbett in the desert near Naco, Arizona.
All week long there will be a memorial in front of the DeConcini Federal Courthouse to demand policy changes to prevent further death and injustice along the border. The trial has been moved to Tucson where Corbett is facing charges of second degree murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide. The forensics examination revealed that Rivera was shot at the close range of 3-12 ft., yet Agent Corbett insists that he fired in self-defense because Rivera may have had a rock in his hand.
The murder, witnessed by Rivera's two brothers and his sister-in-law, is unfortunately not an isolated incident; human rights groups point out that border communities witness and experience brutal force, intimidation and other rights violations all too often. Community members are invited to come out to the memorial and the trial to send a clear message that Border Patrol agents must be held accountable for their actions and to call for end to the violence and abuse on the border.
Check back at this website all week long for updates from the courthouse, or visit www.borderaction.org for more information.