Lawmakers: Video backs DPS aerial shooting account
Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:54:46 GMT —
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Two Democratic state lawmakers who share oversight of the Texas Department of Public Safety said they couldn't tell from their viewing of a DPS video that immigrants were hidden beneath a tarp in a fleeing pickup truck an airborne trooper fired upon.
Two Guatemalan immigrants died in the October 25th shooting by a DPS trooper firing from a helicopter pursuing the truck on a remote South Texas road.
Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa of McAllen and Representative Lon Burnam of Fort Worth viewed the video separately this week and said they couldn't tell that people were beneath the tarp.
However, they said they're still skeptical that the use of lethal force was justified.
Guatemala's consul in McAllen has expressed skepticism that the trooper couldn't have seen people in the truck.