Dozens rally to demand answers about beatings, deaths at hands of Border Patrol agents

Family members accusing agents of brutality

SAN DIEGO - Dozens rallied near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Saturday to demand answers about beatings and deaths at the hands of Border Patrol agents.

Among those at the rally were family members of those who were killed or seriously injured by Border Patrol and CBP agents. The families are accusing the agents of brutality in recent beatings and deadly shootings.

"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight nine… that's how many shots they took to kill my daughter," said Valentin Tachiquin, whose daughter, Valeria Munique Tachiquin, was shot to death in September.

She was shot several times by Border Patrol agent Justin Tackett as he served an arrest warrant for someone else. 

"How can you go to sleep at night, Mr. Justin Tackett?" he asked.

Tachiquin's family disputes the agent's version of events that he shot her in self-defense.   

"Don't hide behind your badge," Valentin Tachiquin said to border agents who were a few yards away. "Don't hide behind your uniforms."

Tachiquin was surrounded by families who say someone they love was also a victim of brutality at the hands of a border agent. Shena Gutierrez, a mother of two, said her husband, Jose Gutierrez was Tasered and beaten into a coma in March 2011.

"Border Patrol beat him so badly that he was in a coma for four weeks," said Gutierrez. "Brain surgery… five parts of his skull had to be removed."

Jose Gutierrez is an illegal immigrant who was trying to reunite with his family. 

While the Border Patrol did not comment on specific cases, it emailed 10News this statement:

"All accusations of misconduct are taken seriously, and are investigated as thoroughly as possible… Mistreatment or misconduct by a CBP agent or officer will not be tolerated in any way."

On Monday, some members of the group that rallied on Saturday will travel to Washington D.C. They want to be included in discussions for immigration reform and want to make sure that all border agents are properly trained.

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