Dead Texas Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez was killed in an ambush attack with rocks, according to his union. But the FBI said it found no conclusive evidence for murder, and the case remains unsolved.
The President Trump administration continues to call for peace and said they have no plans to use firearms against the migrant caravan at this time.
The FBI Most Wanted List lists “Potential Assault On A Federal Officer” as the cause of Rogelio Martinez’s death.
The Washington Post reported:
Brandon Judd, president of the labor union, said Agent Rogelio Martinez died Sunday of blunt force trauma to the head.
“I have been told by several agents that it was a grisly scene, and that his injuries were very extensive,” Judd said Monday in a phone interview with The Washington Post. “We believe he was struck in the head with rocks, or multiple rocks.”
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President Donald J. Trump promised in a Sunday Tweet to hunt down anyone responsible for the early morning attack that day that killed Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez and injured another agent along the Mexican border near the Big Bend National Park.
“Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt,” the president Tweeted. “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”
The wall along the border was one of the most popular campaign promise Trump made during his run for the White House.
Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
The Big Bend National Park abuts the Mexican town of Boquillas and there is an official crossing port of entry for park visitors crossing the border into and back from the town.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke Sunday said Martinez was killed on patrol.
“Earlier this morning, I was notified that Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez died as a result of serious injuries suffered while on patrol in the Big Bend Sector of our southern border in Texas. Agent Martinez was responding to activity while on patrol with another agent, who was also seriously injured,” he said.
“We are fully supporting the ongoing investigation to determine the cause of this tragic event,” he said. “On behalf of the quarter of a million frontline officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Agent Martinez and to the agent who is in serious condition.”
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The FBI says it has conducted more than 650 interviews and found no evidence that Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez’s fatal injuries were caused by an attack, despite his union’s insistence that he was murdered. After an autopsy released Tuesday stated that Martinez died from blunt-force trauma from an undetermined cause, the FBI said it had investigated several theories, but none of the interviews, “locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Martinez and fellow agent Stephen Garland, who survived, were found in a 9-foot-deep culvert next to Interstate 10 in the Big Bend Sector of Texas Nov. 18 with head injuries and broken bones.
According to an internal US Customs and Border Protection memo seen by CNN, neither man had defensive wounds, the only footprints found at the scene belonged to the agents and first responders, and “there was no third-party blood or DNA evidence from the scene or from the agents’ clothing.” The memo also states that Garland has trouble remembering the incident, which occurred late at night. The FBI says Garland told a dispatcher at the time that they were both hurt and he thought they “ran into a culvert.” The local sheriff has said he thinks the men may have been sideswiped by a truck. Department of Justice sources tell CNN that theories being investigated include an attack, an accident, or an altercation between the agents. The incident led President Trump to renew his calls for a border wall.
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Tommy Tuberville Says “We Can’t Worry About China Right Now”
Even though they allowed the disease to spread.
Former football coach and Alabama US Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville said that “we can’t worry about China right now” in a radio appearance with Talk 99.5’s “Matt and Aunie Show on Thursday.
When asked by hosts about the implications of the global coronavirus epidemic on the United States’ relationship with China, Tuberville said, “Well, we can’t worry about China right now. We’ve gotta worry about Alabama and this country.”
Tuberville is currently running to represent Alabama in the United States Senate, although he’s been registered as a Florida voter in the past.
His comments on China policy will leave many Americans concerned with the nation’s role in the coronavirus epidemic unsatisfied. Certainly, containing the epidemic in this country is the priority, but a wide range of conservatives and China hawks have already begun to discuss the need to fundamentally reevaluate the United States’ relationship with China. The damage already inflicted upon American society and the global economy does present a pressing case that such a question is in fact urgent.
Tuberville is running for Senator, not Governor. He could be forgiven if he was running for an office not entrusted with high-level foreign policy responsibilities, but Senators in the coming months and years will be entrusted with developing China policy that recognizes the authoritarian communist nation’s role in allowing and covering up the global coronavirus epidemic.
Contrasting in stark fashion, Tuberville’s opponent for the Republican nomination for US Senate in Alabama, Jeff Sessions, has called for a congressional select committee to investigate China’s role in covering up the dangers posed to the world by the coronavirus, the virus’ origin in Wuhan, and potentially lying about the casualties incurred as a result of the disease in China.
I am calling today for Congress to immediately establish a Select Committee on China to lead the investigation. This Select Committee should be given the authority to wield the full investigative powers, including the power to compel witnesses, of the United States Congress.
— Jeff Sessions (@jeffsessions) April 1, 2020
If Alabama voters want a Republican Senator who is going to be tough on China, it doesn’t look like Tommy Tuberville is up to task.
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