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Time for CBP to bring citizen review into use of force rules

BP's Lonnie Swartz may not have broken the law but that doesn't mean he properly used deadly force. It's time for CBP to loop citizens into deciding when using it is justified. The people, in fact, should demand that right because it's theirs and theirs alone.... Read more»

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Lonnie Swartz

Feds won't pursue 3rd trial of BP agent in cross-border shooting

Federal prosecutors said they cannot file new charges against Lonnie Swartz, ending the case against the BP agent who once faced a second-degree murder trial, and then manslaughter charges, for shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy in a cross-border shooting in 2012.... Read more»

Update: Swartz found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Border Patrol shooting case

Jurors in the trial of Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial in a cross-border shooting, found him not guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday. Jurors did not reach a verdict on a voluntary manslaughter charge.... Read more»2

Swartz trial: Cross-border shooting case sent to jury after closing arguments

Jurors began deliberating Friday after closing arguments in the case against Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial for manslaughter for shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez more than six years ago in Nogales.... Read more»

Defense attacks evidence against BP agent as Swartz case draws to close

Over the last two days, Lonnie Swartz's defense team assembled a trio of experts to challenge major parts of the prosecution's case against the Border Patrol agent, who faces manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting of a Mexican teenager.... Read more»

Swartz trial: BP agent testifies he shot teen to 'protect' himself, officers from thrown rocks

Facing federal manslaughter charges, BP Agent Lonnie Swartz testified he was defending himself and fellow law enforcement when he fired 16 rounds through the border fence into Mexico, killing a 16-year-old boy in 2012.... Read more»

Swartz trial: FBI informant said Jose Antonio given rocks to throw at agents

In a statement read to the court, an FBI informant from Nogales, Sonora, told investigators he spoke with two men just after the shooting of a Mexican teenager, who said Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was given rocks to throw at Border Patrol agents.... Read more»

Swartz trial: Prosecutors wrap up, defense case begins

As prosecutors wrap up, the defense opens with their own forensic pathologist to dispute the findings of Dr. Emma Lew, who said on Monday that while mortally wounded, Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was still alive before he was shot in the head by a Border Patrol agent six years ago. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: Boy mortally wounded but alive when BP agent shot him in head, says expert

A forensic pathologist, testifying for the prosecution in the manslaughter trial of BP Agent Lonnie Swartz, said that 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was still moving and on the ground when he was shot in the head.... Read more»

Swartz trial: 3D model shows Elena Rodriguez ran 16 feet before collapsing on sidewalk

Jurors were shown a 3D model and video of the shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez more than six years ago as prosecutors pressed their case against the agent who shot him this week. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: Prosecutors begin laying out case against BP agent

Following opening arguments Wednesday, prosecutors began laying out their case against the Border Patrol agent who faces voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager in 2012. ... Read more»

Swartz trial

Prosecutors: Frustrated by rocking, BP agent deliberately shot & killed Mexican teen

Frustrated by rocks thrown over the fence, Agent Lonnie Swartz abandoned his training and fired 16 shots in 34 seconds through the barrier that separates the U.S. and Mexico, hitting a 16-year-old boy 10 times in the head and back, prosecutors said during opening arguments.... Read more»1

Swartz trial: BP agent faces new trial on manslaughter charges Tuesday

The retrial of Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager more than six years ago, will begin Tuesday at the federal courthouse Tucson.... Read more»

Judge rejects move to send BP agent's trial to Phoenix

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent tried earlier this year in the killing of a Mexican teenager, will again face a Tucson jury after a federal judge denied a defense motion to move the case to Phoenix.... Read more»

Swartz's attorneys want to move retrial to Phoenix court

Lawyers for Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent tried earlier this year in the killing of a Mexican teenager, have filed for a change of venue, asking to shift the retrial from Tucson to Phoenix. ... Read more»

BP agent to be retried for manslaughter in killing of Mexican teen

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager in 2012, will again face trial after federal prosecutors announced in court Friday that they will pursue voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges. He was found not guilty of murder last month. ... Read more»

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