Here is an update from the Calexico “No Border” folks — this is in regards to the arrests and injuries that resulted from Border Patrol agents charging into a crowd of demonstrators protesting the border in Calexico on Sunday, November 11th. Charges have been dropped against Erik Wackernage and Steve Murphy. However, the third person arrested, Juan Ruiz, was arraigned on Tuesday, November 12, and pleaded not guilty to two felony charges that include assault on a federal officer.
It is fortunate for Wackernage and Murphy to have their charges dropped. Ruiz is not so lucky. Yet, anyone who has witnessed the video of the Border Patrol agents’ charge (‘the charge of the Lite Brigade’ seems fitting) and their indiscriminate firing of pepper spray and rubber bullets — the video is available below — can tell that Juan Ruiz, the drummer, was clearly not assaulting anyone. Ruiz is a resident alien who has lived in this country since he was four years old, — and these charges may have serious repercussions for his immigration status.
Meanwhile, those demonstrators injured by the rubber bullets are having their wounds seen by medical professionals and documented.
Further, the video showing the Lite Brigade has now circulated into the mainstream press, although not too surprisingly, the San Diego Union Tribune has yet to publish a single word about this incident