Guatemalan consul speaks out on grand jury "no bill" decision
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:27:37 GMT —
A Guatemalan official says that country respects the decision of a South Texas grand jury to not bring charges against a state trooper who fired on a fleeing vehicle last year, killing two Guatemalan immigrants.
Alba Caceres, Guatemala's consul in McAllen, said Wednesday that she had not received official notice of Tuesday's decision.
She said she's satisfied, to a point, that at least the Texas Department of Public Safety changed its policy after the deaths and no longer allows shooting from helicopters unless fired upon.
In October 2012, a DPS helicopter joined the pursuit of a pickup that authorities believed was carrying drugs.
Instead it carried nine immigrants, including six covered by a blanket in the bed. A DPS tactical flight officer fired on the truck to disable it.