On Friday, November 6, a Border Patrol vehicle in the El Centro Sector, California, ran over a Mexican national, causing him serious injuries. The person was taken to a hospital where he, unfortunately, lost his life during the early hours of November 7. The Consulate of Mexico in Calexico has provided timely follow-up and has provided consular and legal assistance to the family members.
With respect to inquiries about the facts with local authorities, the Consulate sent letters to the Border Patrol, the Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility (CBP-OPR), and the California Office of the Highway Patrol, demanding that they conduct an investigation into what happened. The Consulate has confirmed that the California Highway Patrol, in coordination with CBP-OPR, has initiated the corresponding investigations.
Similarly, the Consulate of Mexico in Calexico facilitated the family of the deceased to meet on November 9 with a lawyer specializing in cases of police abuse. The lawyer is evaluating the circumstances in which the events occurred and the possibility of filing a lawsuit for what happened.
Additionally, and given that the body is in Palm Springs, California, the Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino, the office in charge of covering said city, will provide the necessary support to the relatives of the deceased so that his remains are transferred to Mexico.
The Government of Mexico, through the Consulate of Mexico in Calexico, deeply regrets the death of the Mexican national and reiterates its absolute commitment to defending the rights of our nationals abroad.