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Customs & Border Protection Undercover Border Patrol Thugs Terrorize California Neighborhood Killing Valeria Monique Alvarado

Discussion in 'Incidents of Police Abuse, Misconduct, Negligence' started by M, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    From ABC:

    uh, why? wouldn't you want to know the truth??? Shouldn't you want to know the truth? I guess that means you're all a bunch of untrustworthy (expletive deleted).
  2. M

    M Muckraker

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  4. M

    M Muckraker

    Basically a rehash, but this is the first time I've seen his letter of dismissal from Imperial County quoted ...

    10 News: New information reveals past of Border Patrol agent involved in fatal shooting: Agent Justin Tackett shot Munique Tachiquin (Oct 18 2012)

    Team 10 learned Tackett was previously a deputy with the Imperial County Sheriff's Department -- a job he quit days before he was going to be fired.

    Team 10 found the termination letter from 2002, and it said Tackett was to be fired for "unprofessional conduct," "dishonesty," "refusal to obey reasonable regulations" and "insubordination."

    The letter also said, "A deputy who cannot be trusted to tell the truth is a person who cannot be trusted with a badge or a gun."

    Then-Imperial County Sheriff's Department Chief Sharon Housouer wrote Tackett repeatedly placed himself above "the department … and its mission …" "supervisors and their orders" and "fellow peace officers and ethical obligations"

    The termination letter reminded Tackett, "you are not a law unto yourself but no more than an appointed deputy charged with enforcing the laws of the State of California and the County of Imperial."

    But today his Daddy says he's a “good person” , “conscientious worker”, “was a good deputy and in any employment you are going to have things that can be looked at this way or that way by somebody else”, “a very intelligent, very motivated person, very caring person, a family person, everybody that knows him is going to tell you that he (has) a big heart”:

    Imperial Valley Press Online: Parents speak out on BP agent involved in deadly shooting (Oct 22 2012)

    Good people with big hearts don't put nine bullets into mothers of five.
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  5. M

    M Muckraker

    Articles & quotes at the Fed Cops link ...

    Fed Cops: Key witness to murder of Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin) claimes he was harassed and detained by the Border Patrol after the shooting

    Prince Watson, who observed the murder of Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin) from a distance of 30 feet, claims that killer Justin Tackett was not on the hood of her car but rather was shooting from a standing position. He further claims that the Border Patrol harassed and detained him afterward in an apparent attempt to coerce his story.

    (I would think that forensic analysis of gunpowder deposits on the windshield should answer this question rather easily, and all they would need to verify it are an identical gun & ammo and a couple junked cars with intact windshields.)
  6. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Looks like evidence and pressure leading to a murder charge for that rogue agent. They shoulda offed the witness.
  7. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I was under the impression that intimidating a witness was illegal. Guess not if the (cops) do it.
  8. M

    M Muckraker

    San Diego channel 10 posted their latest report on YouTube:

    Their investigative reporting has provided much of the real info on this story from the beginning.
  9. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

  10. M

    M Muckraker

    Only until one starts paying attention to the details:

    NBC Los Angeles: New Details Suggest Alternate Story of Mother Shot by Border Patrol Agent: Attorney says bullet evidence may suggest mother was shot while standing in front of car

    But Iredale said the new information about the 10 bullets, which caused 14 separate wounds, is more important. He said details about the angle of travel of those bullets reveals that the agent shot Alvarado while standing in front of her car, not while he was being carried along on the hood of the vehicle.

    Maybe, maybe not ... from a week ago when some reporters first got ahold of some preliminary autopsy results ...

    News 10: Autopsy: Full autopsy for woman shot by Border Patrol agent released: Tackett struck by car, fired 10 times

    "I don't understand how in the world this happened," world-renowned forensic pathologist and lawyer Cyril Wecht told Team 10.

    Wecht has been reviewing the details of this case for Team 10. He said while forensics confirm agent Tackett was on the hood of the car, why he tried to detain Tachiquin in the first place is a mystery.

    "She hasn't robbed a bank. She hasn't murdered somebody," he said. "I don't see why legally she was not entitled to leave."

    The report came on the heels of several Team 10 investigations that found Tackett was nearly fired from his job with the Imperial County Sheriff's Department and got his job with the Border Patrol after family friend, former Congressman Duncan Hunter recommended him.

    You can read about his performance with the Imperial County Sheriff's Department upthread -- the entire text of the judge's decision dismissing his civil suit is there. This appears to be just the latest example of misbehavior by an abusive law enforcement officer.

    The same attorney (Eugene Iredale) is also handling the lawsuit on behalf of Anastacio Hernandez Rojas, who was beaten and tased to death by a ~ dozen CBP agents at the San Diego border two years ago. Thus far CBP has managed to keep the names of those hit men secret. Likewise, we wouldn't know of Tackett's involvement in this case, if a citizen hadn't recognized the disreputable former Imperial County Deputy in a cell phone video that was taken at the scene of the Chula Vista murder. Discovery in either case has the potential to yield information about the other, and there's a good chance that some thugs participated in both operations.

    This is a group of major thugs that really needs to be reined in and made accountable.

  11. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    That would confirm the non CBP eyewitness who saw Tacket fire at the woman from in front of the car while she was backing away.
  12. M

    M Muckraker

    But what bothers me is that Channel 10 interviewed their own expert who seem to agree that Tackett was on the hood. The Channel 10 reporters have really been at the forefront in the investigative reporting on this, so what they published shouldn't be dismissed too easily. In the printed original version of that article (the current version is linked above) he seemed to be expressing a bit of ironic disbelief that Tackett fired the shots from the hood of the car, suggesting something to the effect that perhaps he should pursue a career as a stunt man.

    I'm not convinced that Tackett was or wasn't on the hood of the car when he fired the shots. I am convinced that he had no business harassing the woman in the first place, and that, having taken it upon himself to do so, killing her wasn't his legimate option.

    I must reiterate: These are thugs that must be made to behave and be held accountable. Who knows who their next victim(s) will be?
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  13. M

    M Muckraker

    A couple comments that have been posted on the Fed Cops blog ... I kept these out of sight for a while, passed them on to some investigative reporters who have been reporting on the case, but they've had enough time to do something with them ...

    spartacus zepeda says:
    25 October 2012 at 19:10
    does the apple fall far from the tree ?I lived in Calipatria ca in Imperial County in the late 70′s early 80′s. At that time the city or county employed a law enforcement officer named Tackett who I believe is either the uncle or father of Justin Tackett. he was involved in the shooting of an unarmed teenager who was allegedly running away from a break-in near the east end of the Calipatria air port. A week after the shooting the body of the teenager,whose first name was Cesar was found in the bushes near the airport with one shot gun pellet in the lung. The body was positioned in an odd way , some believed it had been placed there . I don’t remember if he was shot in the back or not . A neighbor of mine said she had seen this officer making out ,on the front porch, of a house across the street . The women involved was married and later divorced her husband . I don’t know if he was in uniform at the time. I consider the witness to this as credible.​

    Justice for Edmund Gutierrez says:
    8 January 2013 at 12:42

    One of Tackett’s groomsmen, a cop with a long history of serious misconduct, Eric Granado, beat a 22 year old to death at a traffic stop. After he had handcuffed Edmund Gutierrez, he TASERed him 15 times. He claimed Edmund fell down and received most of his injuries. The medical examiner identified 11 baton marks. An eye witness saw the victim on his back with his hands cuffed behind him barely moving while Granado and his partner bludgeoned Edmund over and over with steel batons. Granado had his girlfriend in his patrol car at 4AM and did not notify his dispatcher he had pulled anyone over until 8 minutes after he TASERed Edmund for the 15th time. Homicide ruled justified by a DA who assigned 3 former cops who had worked with Granado in the past as investigators. (expletive deleted) the police. They are a criminal gang of murdering thugs.
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    M Muckraker

    San Diego Union Tribune: Border Patrol Sued by Family Over Killing by Agent -- Woman shot while attempting to flee in car; officer’s past disciplinary problems raised (May 21 2013)

    The family of a woman who was shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Chula Vista last year has filed a lawsuit contending the killing was unjustified and the agent should never have been hired because of his previous record of misconduct as a sheriff’s deputy.


    But the wrongful-death lawsuit, filed Monday in San Diego federal court on behalf of Alvarado’s husband, five children and her parents, tells a different story. Defendants named in the suit are Tackett and the government. The suit says that Tackett jumped on the car’s hood to prevent Alvarado from leaving, and then the agent got off when she stopped the car after backing up. She then put the car in reverse, trying to get away, when Tackett fired, walking forward as he fired his weapon. Eugene Iredale, the family’s attorney, said at a news conference Tuesday that witnesses in the neighborhood said Tackett fired “at a retreating woman who represented no danger or threat of any kind.”
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    Fox News Latino: Relatives Of Woman Killed By Border Agent Sue Agency Over Shooting (May 22 2013)

    The family of a California woman who was shot to death by a Border Patrol agent after she hit him with her car is suing the agency for civil charges. The husband, parents and five children of 32-year-old Valeria "Munique" Tachiquin Alvarado filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court against the agency officials and particularly agent Justin Tackett.

    The wrongful death suit contends the killing was unjustified and Tackett shouldn't have been hired because of misconduct in his previous job as a sheriff's deputy. The family’s attorney, Eugene Iredale, said at a news conference Tuesday that witnesses in the neighborhood said Tackett fired “at a retreating woman who represented no danger or threat of any kind.”

    The lawsuit also says Tackett, based on his history of disciplinary problems as a former Imperial County sheriff’s deputy from 2000 to 2003, was “psychologically and temperamentally unsuited to work as a law enforcement official.”
  16. M

    M Muckraker

    San Diego 6: Family of Woman Killed by Border Patrol Agent Files Lawsuit (May 22 2013)

    The family of 32-year-old Valeria Tachiquin Alvarado says her shooting death was unjustified and claims the Border Patrol should have never hired Agent Justin Tackett in the first place.

    The lawsuit claims Tackett had a history of “rash and impulsive actions, violation of Fourth Amendment Rights, the sadistic and excessive use of force, and chronic lying."

    Tackett shot Tachiquin Alvarado nine times on September 28, 2012 as she tried to leave a Chula Vista Apartment. Agents were attempting to serve an arrest warrant at the apartment for someone else.
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    M Muckraker

    Lengthy article on how the Border Patrol's ill-trained agents are becoming more & more involved in local policing with deadly consequences, with a section specifically on Justin Tackett's murder of Valeria Tachiquin-Alvarado ...

    USA Today: More border agents assisting local police: Critics say federal agents often lack training for domestic police work (Dec 17 2013)

    Plainclothes Border Patrol agents in September 2012 were preparing to serve an administrative warrant for an undocumented immigrant at an apartment in Chula Vista, Calif., south of San Diego.

    Valeria Tachiquin-Alvarado, a U.S. citizen, was at the apartment, which was thought to be a drug den. She left after the agents served the warrant, which did not result in an arrest.

    Agents tried to stop her as she entered her car. Agents alleged that she hit one or more of them with her car as she pulled out trying to leave. One of them tried to pull the car keys from the ignition, according to media reports.

    As she drove away, Border Patrol Agent Justin Tackett either jumped or was forced onto the hood of her Honda Accord.

    It traveled about 200 yards with him on the hood, police and Border Patrol accounts said. Tackett, fearing for his life, fired 10 shots into the windshield from the hood of the car, killing Tachiquin-Alvarado, a 32-year-old mother of five.

    However, the lawsuit alleges that Tackett fired the fatal shots while standing upright, walking toward the car as Tachiquin-Alvarado was reversing it away from him. The San Diego coroner said she tested positive for methamphetamine at the time of her death. She was on parole for a previous drug conviction.

    The family has filed a wrongful-death suit against Tackett and the Border Patrol, claiming that Tackett was unfit for hire by the Border Patrol. The suit said he had been disciplined and resigned as he was about to be fired from a prior post with the Imperial County Sheriff's Office in California for "multiple acts of serious misconduct and ethical violations."

    He sued to get his job back at the Sheriff's Office and lost, the suit states.

    Tackett was suspended four times as a sheriff's deputy for misconduct, the lawsuit alleges. He was about to be fired in 2004 for two incidents: In the first, he unlawfully searched a property without a warrant and "negligently" left a man handcuffed in a hot patrol car with the windows closed. In the second, he improperly searched a hotel room after a traffic stop.

    The charges in the second case were rejected because the prosecutor said Tackett's Fourth Amendment violations were "almost too numerous" to list, the lawsuit said.

    Tackett worked for Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., for two years before the Border Patrol hired him. Hunter, who ran for president in 2008 on a border-security platform, could not be reached for comment.

    Tachiquin-Alvarado's family said she died needlessly.

    Tachiquin-Alvarado's mother, Annabell Gomez, said she wants the agent and Border Patrol to explain why her daughter was shot.

    "I wish it would stop, they'd stop killing people and hurting people," she said. "Who are they to have that authority? They aren't no God."

    Her lawyer, Eugene Iredale, said the administrative warrant for the undocumented immigrant did not allow for the plainclothes agents to detain Tachiquin-Alvarado. He said he believes the agents served the warrant in the hopes of finding drugs and either building a drug case or finding informants for drug cases.

    Tackett's lawyer, Richard Tolles, called the incident a "highly justified shooting" and said a response to the lawsuit will be filed this week.

    "This is a compelling case of self-defense," Tolles said.

    Moran of the Border Patrol union said that agents can serve administrative warrants as part of their job, adding that some intelligence units use them more often than other agents.

    "It's specifically in our authority," Moran said.

    The car struck Tackett, and he said the agent was justified in his use of deadly force, contending that if Tackett had not, "we may have had a dead agent on our hands."

    "The agent feared for his life and had no other way to to stop the vehicle," Moran said. "The agent had no choice but to use his firearm."

    One little problem with that line of nonsense, Moran: Justin Tackett had no business obstructing and harassing Valeria Tachiquin-Alvarado in the first place. Now he needs to pay dearly for murdering her.
  18. M

    M Muckraker

    Border Patrol Agent Justin Tackett​

    Some images that appear to include Justin Craig Tackett have finally surfaced. These were taken by Roadblock Revelations blogger Terry Bressi on 30 April 2014 in the course of illegally harassing Mr. Bressi (a U.S. citizen) at a roadblock near near milepost 146.5 on SR86 in southern Arizona:

    This is not surprising, considering that as an Imperial County Sheriff's Deputy, Justin Tackett was once "was issued two Notices of Termination, citing as causes for the proposed discipline: unprofessional conduct, dishonesty, violation of or refusal to obey reasonable regulations, insubordination, violation of rules, incompetence, and failure to follow proper procedures for arrest, search, and seizure and treatment of persons in custody." Despite being sacked by the Imperial County Sheriff's Office 11 years ago, and despite the wanton slaughter of Valeria "Monique" Alvarado, mother of five, he's still up to his old tricks and terrorizing people.

    The bogus charges that resulted from this illegal stop were eventually thrown out. Complete details and more photos are in these posts at Roadblock Revelations:
    For comparison with the above photographs, here are some images of Justin Tackett de-munged from a KGTV video:

    Here is Justin Tackett's munged mug from a KFMB report:

    Last edited: Nov 29, 2014

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