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Details Emerge, Questions Remain in Texas 'Rain of Death' Investigation

"Texas law enforcement agents were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before one opened fire, killing two Guatemalan immigrants hiding under a cover in the vehicle's bed, a diplomat said Tuesday. Texas Department of Public Safety officials have said the...

Border D.A. Asks for Halt to 'Rain of Death'

"The Hidalgo County district attorney has asked the Texas Department of Public safety to temporarily suspend its practice of using airborne sharpshooters to disable vehicles suspected of criminal activity. Last week, two immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally were killed by a state...

FBI to Review Texas 'Rain of Death' Shooting; DPS Chase Stats Appalling

"The Texas DPS chief on Friday asked federal agents to review the deaths of two Guatemalan immigrants, killed last week when a state trooper opened fire on a smuggling vehicle near La Joya. The Texas Rangers will hand over their investigation to federal agents upon completion, according to Texas...

Texas Helicopter Shooting Deaths: Excessive Use of Force

"Was it right for a Texas Department of Public Safety employee to shoot at a pick-up truck [from a helicopter,] resulting in the deaths of two undocumented immigrants? Was it a reasonable use of police force? Under the doctrine of proportionality, law enforcement officers are required to use only...

Texas Jettisons 'Rain of Death' Helicopter Policy

"Four months after a helicopter-borne Texas Department of Public Safety trooper mistakenly shot and killed two immigrants in the back of a fleeing pickup near the Mexican border, the agency has banned shooting from helicopters in similar scenarios. DPS Director Steve McCraw told members of the...