Organizational Culture Events where the event type is “Conditions of Arrest or Apprehension”

October 24, 2021

CNN reports that Texas authorities are forcing migrants onto private property in order to arrest them for trespassing.

[Body-worn camera] video that, Martinez [David Martinez, the Val Verde County Attorney in charge of prosecuting misdemeanors] says, appears to show a Texas state trooper directing the migrants onto the private property before arresting one of them for trespass.
Martinez said he rejected the case.
…Martinez has more. He pulls a file he says contains the cases of 11 other migrants who alleged that law enforcement zip-tied them in pairs, walked them about 20 minutes and made them scale a 10-foot fence. They were later arrested by state troopers for criminal trespassing, documents show.

Source: Rosa Flores, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Anti-Migrant Plan: Many Arrested, Many Detained, Few Prosecuted (CNN, Monday, October 25, 2021) https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/24/us/texas-migrant-trespass-detentions/index.html.

Sector(s): Del Rio

Agency(ies): Texas State Police

Event Type(s): Conditions of Arrest or Apprehension

Accountability Status: Unknown

February 4, 2020

Border Patrol agents apprehend 32-year-old James Paul Markowitz in his vehicle in Bracketville, Texas, on suspicion of involvement in an illegal smuggling incident. While it is unclear whether he is at all involved in the incident, Markowitz did have small amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine in his car, which he swallowed in an effort to avoid detection.

During processing at the Bracketville Border Patrol station, Markowitz “began exhibiting signs of distress.” CBP’s notification to Congress read that an ambulance was called at 6:00 PM. A CBS News records review reveals that “the ambulance wasn’t actually called for until 6:26 PM.” Markowitz died of a drug overdose.

Markowitz’s stepfather has been unable to get more information from CBP about the circumstances of his death.

“In a March 2020 letter to the Department of Homeland Security,” CBS reported, “then-Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro and Immigration Task Force Chairwoman Linda Sánchez demanded information about Markowitz’s death and wrote they were “troubled twenty-eight days after the death of James Paul Markowitz without any further details or relevant information to his case.”

Source: Graham Kates, “Family of U.S. man who died after Border Patrol arrest says government has been tight lipped for a year” (CBS News, February 4, 2021) <https://www.cbsnews.com/news/james-markowitz-border-patrol-arrest-government-silence/>.

Sector(s): Del Rio

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Conditions of Arrest or Apprehension, Denial of Medical Care

Accountability Status: Under OPR investigation