U.S. Customs and Border agents are being accused of prompting the death of sixteen-year-old Cruz Marcelino Velazquez Acevedo of Tijuana, Mexico.
Newly emerged surveillance footage shows background check officials watching a Tijuana teenager ingest liquid methamphetamine, which initiated a painful death moments later. Reports claim he began sweating, screaming in pain and clenching his fists after ingesting the illegal narcotic.
He also began yelling “the chemicals” in Spanish and then, “Mi corazon! Mi corazon!”, which means “My heart! My heart!” He then started to seize uncontrollably, and despite paramedics’ intervention, he died at the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center hospital.
Mainstream media outlets are covering the narrative that the suggestion of drinking liquid meth was prompted by the customs agents. In his backpack, Velazquez was carrying two bottles containing an amber-colored liquid. Reports claim the officers enticed the teen to drink from the bottles to prove the liquid juice was not laced with drugs, rather than confiscating the bottles and testing the chemicals inside.
The family of Acevedo filed a lawsuit, claiming that the agents “coerced and intimidated Cruz into taking a big sip from one of the bottles.” However, a previous Medical Examiner report said Velazquez voluntarily took four sips and was not motivated to drink the liquid meth by the agents’ suggestion.
“It’s true that Cruz was doing something that was against the law. And that he did not have to be doing. That’s a fact,” said Gene Iredale, the Acevedo family’s attorney who spoke with NBC News. “It’s also true that they did not point their guns at him or physically threaten him but in a social context in which this occurred, they knew exactly what they were doing.”
Three years after his death, the family received a $1 million settlement.
Acevedo was previously apprehended by federal officials after he entered the U.S. from Mexico through the San Ysidro Port of Entry on November 18, 2013.
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