‘I think I witnessed someone being murdered’

On May 28, 2010, 24-year-old Ashley Young was on a pedestrian bridge along the San Diego-Mexico border when she heard a man below crying out for help. In a nearby U.S. Customs and Border Protection holding area, Young saw what she says was a man on the ground being beaten and tased by agents. She found the scene so troubling that she took out a camera and hit “record.”

In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration.

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  • Anonymous

    Welcome to the police state.

    I guess this is the “freedom” that all those veterans fought for. Gangs of Government thugs free to beat, tase and kill people in the streets.

    Our founding fathers must be rolling in their graves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/terasmussen Thomas Rasmussen

    It seems to me that these “non-lethal” weapons that have been give to officers to use in lieu of a gun have basically become normative for more mundane police activity. There’s a whole squad of police around that guy on the ground, but still they tase and beat him. It’s obvious the police have clearly crossed a line here and are using excessive force. 

  • Anonymous

    There is no statute of limitations on murder.

  • Vivianne

    This is just horrific!  Sure these poor immigrants don’t have a right to cross the border llegally, but they shouldn’t be murdered for it! 

  • Bubmaine

    I am appallled at our counrties lack of judical response to this. How, is it possible, that this counrty with all it’s noble lip service to justice treat any human being in this way.  Water boarding looks tame compared to this. Why in the world is our government doing NOTHING to control the border goons they are hiring???? It is disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is not isolated. Our counrty is slipping into a banana republic.

  • Tigressa

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC!!!!!!  ALL OF THOSE OFFICERS COULDN’T HAVE ARRESTED THIS POOR GUY???  

  • Tigressa

    I totally agree with you, that is the same thing I thought when I was watching the video.  None of them were doing anything, they could have arrested him, but they clearly chose to torture this man until he died….absolutely disgusting!!!

  • Rick Norlund

    Budmaine, do Americans not get it yet? President Obama orders the murder of Natural Born American Citizens in Yemen, this is a Mexican National, though he lived in this country 27 years, worked and paid taxes, why is Obama, and his Department of Justice, going to worry about this murder, when they order the murder of US Citizens? Its must be acceptable to a majority of Americans as was Kristallnacht in Germany back in the 30s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristallnacht WAKE UP AMERICA! You worry about foreigners when you’re not safe from your own government.

    Rick Norlund 

  • Rick Norlund

    YanquiBob, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both slave holders, Jefferson fathered an entire side of his family with one of his slaves that he completely disowned, I don’t thint that they’re rolling over in their graves. http://www.nathanielturner.com/thomasjeffersonnegrofamily.htm ” There were no set rules for these various practices, and oftentimes the torture was carried out for nothing other than the ‘entertainment’ of the [guess who]. Sound like the video you saw? see at http://www.reference.com/motif/Society/gestapo-methods-of-torture

    Rick Norlund

  • Rick Norlund

    YanquiBob, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both slave holders, Jefferson fathered an entire side of his family with one of his slaves that he completely disowned, I don’t thint that they’re rolling over in their graves. http://www.nathanielturner.com/thomasjeffersonnegrofamily.htm ” There were no set rules for these various practices, and oftentimes the torture was carried out for nothing other than the ‘entertainment’ of the [guess who]. Sound like the video you saw? see at http://www.reference.com/motif/Society/gestapo-methods-of-torture

    Rick Norlund

  • Rick Norlund

    YanquiBob, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both slave holders, Jefferson fathered an entire side of his family with one of his slaves that he completely disowned, I don’t thint that they’re rolling over in their graves. http://www.nathanielturner.com/thomasjeffersonnegrofamily.htm ” There were no set rules for these various practices, and oftentimes the torture was carried out for nothing other than the ‘entertainment’ of the [guess who]. Sound like the video you saw? see at http://www.reference.com/motif/Society/gestapo-methods-of-torture

    Rick Norlund

  • Rick Norlund

    YanquiBob, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both slave holders, Jefferson fathered an entire side of his family with one of his slaves that he completely disowned, I don’t thint that they’re rolling over in their graves. http://www.nathanielturner.com/thomasjeffersonnegrofamily.htm ” There were no set rules for these various practices, and oftentimes the torture was carried out for nothing other than the ‘entertainment’ of the [guess who]. Sound like the video you saw? see at http://www.reference.com/motif/Society/gestapo-methods-of-torture

    Rick Norlund

  • Rick Norlund

    My first comment should have been to thank Ashley Young, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Ashley, you witnessed a murder for pleasure, you didn’t know it at the time, and as sad as it is to say, but you made a snuff-film. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snuff_film 

    Rick Norlund

  • Rick Norlund

    Tigressa,
    all of these officers were the murders for their personal pleasure! They were
    the ones engaging in destroying evidence of the murder, confiscating cellphones
    and erasing content of the murder, like Ashley said “I just keep
    walking” or we would have her video either! Eyewitnesses, COME FORWARD!
    There were apparently many, two have come forward so far, there are probably 10
    to 30 witnesses, not counting the lying cops.

    Rick Norlund

  • Rick Norlund

    Sorry, or we would NOT have her [Ashley's] video either!

  • Rick Norlund

    Prudence_Do_Good, This was clearly a murder for the pleasure of the cops committing it, but where the powers that be (the San Diego District Attorney; and the California Attorney General) and the US Department of Justice, see no murder (in the first place) there will be no statute of limitation. Do you really think Hitler was going to prosecute his Gestapo?

    Rick Norlund

  • Vivianne

    We are not in favor of what President Obama is doing.  We hope he is voted out of office in November. 

  • Ssdfds

    Good riddance. Once less fat cholo illegal alien. All the boo hooers and anti-border guards don’t even think about the fact the fat pile of garbage was tweaking on meth. That’s the kind of trash you liberal losers want crossing the border. Now his fat wife and 12 chillen’s no doubt will be set for life after all the looters and protesters get their way. They be rioting in the streets just because some loser meth head pile of garbage illegal alien got what he deserved.

  • Anonymous

    I agree.

  • Anonymous

    This happens when you militarize the police force. Now they treat Americans the same way they treat common Iraqis and Afghans.

  • Logical SDiegan

    And the meth in his system played no part in his death whatsoever right?  

  • Logical SDiegan

    And the meth in his system played no part in his death whatsoever right?  

  • Logical_SDieagan

    And you have proof he paid taxes right?  Why quote incidents from the 30′s and mention Obama when the video doesn’t show the illegal immigrant resisting arrest and attempting to run away when he was being returned to his home country.  WAKE UP RICK!

  • Logical_SDiegan

    So when you cross the border illegally and make it to the US you’re Scot-Free?  The freedom that legal residents and US Citizen veterans fought for.  Our founding father’s are rolling after reading your comment.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002215100048 Bondojoe Churak

    I THINK YOU SHOULD MIND UR OWN BUSINESS U REALLY CANT SEE WHATS HAPPENING IN THE VIDEO TOO DARK IF HE WASNT A US CITIZEN WHAT DOES IT MATTER…..ALSO HE WAS PROBABLY RESISTING ARREST..IDIOT

  • Rick Norlund

    Hate is alive and well in America! You do not have to rely in the video alone, those who took the video can tell you what was happening, it called eyewitnessing a murder, perfectly acceptable evidence in a murder trial.

    Rick Norlund

  • http://twitter.com/ThePriss April Coble

     Yes. Mind your own business. Head down, shoulders forward. Don’t pay any attention to the man behind the curtain.

    Tell me how officers who are supposed to be in peak physical condition needed that many to subdue and arrest a single man? And more so, why did electrical shock have to be directly administered on the skin by hand?

    Mind our own business is how children die being beaten to death. It’s how women end up trafficked as sex slaves. It’s how banks manage to take homes away from people (or attempt to) when the house is paid for in full.

    Thanks for minding your own business, slave. Keep up the good work.

  • Anonymous

    “MIND UR OWN BUSINESS”,

    My tax dollars, my government, that makes it my business.

    “IF HE WASNT A US CITIZEN WHAT DOES IT MATTER”

    It matters because he was a human being. I prefer to not have agents of MY government killing my fellow human beings MY name, thank you very much.

    Nobody is suggesting these folks not enforce the law, only that they do it without wanton, gratuitous brutality.

    BTW, turn your caps lock off please.

  • Anonymous

    What we all witnessed here in these videos was a display of shameful thuggish, gang-like, sadistic, and brutal behavior.  These officers showed utter disregard for human decency and life.  It indicates a lack of discipline and an absence of leadership.  This should not be tolerated, and should be thoroughly investigated by Homeland Security and DOJ.  Let the chips fall where they may, it’s time to weed out the bad officers who should have never been hired.  Investigations, indictments and prosecutions should commence.  They are giving the good officers, and our country, a black eye.  

    It is time to bring ‘law and order’ to law enforcement.

  • Linda Hoyt

    Absolutely horrifying! That man pleading for them to stop, pleading for his life…If our Justice Dept. does nothing against this, I will be even more horrified!

  • Hater Bouncer

    whatever works

  • Anonymous

    at some point, would someone with the wherewithal to do so please look into what percentage of returning iraq/afghanistan veterans are being hired into law enforcement jobs? these incidents of over-the-top abuse of  power suggest retaliatory strikes rooted ins something other than enforcing the law.