Oh, this is just great. How can this not be a serious issue discussed by the main stream media? Drug runners were trying to bring a boat or two filled with drugs across the border – the Rio Grande River – into Texas when US authorities in patrol boats attempted to stop them. First, criminals from Mexico started throwing rocks, then they started shooting.
From KLTV this morning.
Two Texas law officers have been treated for minor injuries related to suspected drug runners in Mexico shooting from across the Rio Grande into Hidalgo County.
U.S. officers returned fire yesterday — injuring at least three suspects.
A news report in The Monitor – seemingly written by a spokesperson for the Mexican drug-running industry – downplayed the incident and thinks six shots taken from a pistol on the Mexican side of the border is no big deal at all … especially since we’ve got assault rifles or something.
Two independent sources from both the U.S. and Mexico said that only six shots from the Mexican side were heard. The rounds hit the ground near the U.S. authorities, raising the question that the incident might not have been that different from any other police-related shooting in the United States.
Except for the fact the shots came from a different country and we have no authority to go into that country and apprehend the criminals shooting at us.
A source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity stated that contrary to the case presented by DPS, the shooting was a minor one and the U.S. had overwhelming firepower.
Is the source with “firsthand knowledge of criminal activity” associated with US law enforcement, or drug-running criminals? If someone pulled the trigger and fired six shots in your direction with a .22 caliber pistol, would it be a minor incident if, say, you were carrying a big-ol honking 10mm Glock?
The group involved in the case was a group of burreros — small-time smugglers who are not members of any criminal organization but get paid for each load that they bring over, the source said. Burreros are completely different from estacas — the foot soldiers for criminal organizations who are typically the ones involved in firefights with other organizations or the Mexican military, he said.
The source claims that in the shooting incident, the burreros acted on their own, trying to impair the approaching boats with rocks and then with a small volley of rounds, but when the U.S. side opened fire, they quickly dispersed because of their inferior firepower.
Ahh, I understand. These burreros – who by definition are part of a criminal organization since the drug dealers are paying them to move product – were not acting under the authority of the really bad criminals, so the really bad criminals should not be associated with the unscrupulous actions of a few rogue independent contractors.
Look, things could be a lot worse as far as The Monitor is concerned. We should be happy they are only shooting pistols…
In the hypothetical scenario that estacas or a legitimate cartel strike team been involved, they would have had equal or superior firepower to the U.S. authorities and could have called for reinforcement from other teams, thus creating a real situation with casualties on both sides.
Legitimate cartel strike team? You just can’t make this stuff up.