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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:27 PM

Texas bans shooting immigrants from helicopters

Texas bans shooting immigrants from helicopters

Officials in Texas announced on Thursday that State Troopers would no longer be allowed to open fire on suspects from helicopters after the recent killing of two immigrants.

While announcing the new policy, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw insisted that the ban on aerial shootings had nothing to do with the October 2012 death of two Guatemalan immigrants, who were gunned down by troopers in helicopter while they were hiding in the back of a speeding pickup truck near La Joya.

“I’m convinced that now, from a helicopter platform, that we shouldn’t shoot unless being shot at, or unless someone is being shot at,” McCraw told the state House Committee on Appropriations. “Last Friday, after a review of the policy and looking at all of the different things, and this is not a reflection of what happened there, I’m a firm believer they did exactly what they thought they needed to do.”

ACLU of Texas Executive Director Terri Burke welcomed the change, but faulted the Texas Legislature for not moving to force the policy earlier.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/22/texas-bans-shooting-immigrants-from-helicopters/


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The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
onehandle Feb 2013 #1
pampango Feb 2013 #2
SummerSnow Feb 2013 #7
Fresh_Start Feb 2013 #3
Jackpine Radical Feb 2013 #4
The Straight Story Feb 2013 #5
MineralMan Feb 2013 #6
central scrutinizer Feb 2013 #13
treestar Feb 2013 #8
newfie11 Feb 2013 #9
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #10
backscatter712 Feb 2013 #11
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #14
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #12

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:28 PM

1. They're just scared of the black helicopters that are coming to get their guns. nt

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:33 PM

2. Tea party is not going to be happy about this new 'lax border security' with no shooting from

helicopters allowed.

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Response to pampango (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:10 PM

7. They probably had Sarah Palin...

as their poster girl too.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:33 PM

3. difficult to ascertain legal status from a helicopter.....nt

nt

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:39 PM

4. Aw, damn.

There goes some entrepreneur's scheme for charging millionaires to hunt illegals from his helicopter for sport.

Ya gotta know that there are rich fucks in this country who are sick enough to do that.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:42 PM

5. Word is they are being labeled terrorists and drones will now be used

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:45 PM

6. Texas - It's a whole other country.

Or so their tourist bureau advertises. And so it seems from this story.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:47 PM

13. this is what passes for "progressive" in Texas

nfm

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:13 PM

8. Wow, so not necessary

Is entering the country illegally all that bad? No. it's not an immediate danger to anybody. And they are up in a copter, even being shot at, they can easily get away.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:15 PM

9. Well no shit Sherlock

Better check the small print

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:16 PM

10. Despicable

Those troopers belong in jail

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:17 PM

11. I looked at the URL to see if this story was from the Onion... Nope.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:58 PM

14. Me too..

Once again proving The Onion has nothing on reality.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:18 PM

12. Good Lord...what assholes to even think this was appropriate at

any time.

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