U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who were attempting to arrest a twice-deported illegal alien who’s previously been arrested for committing domestic violence, as well as a slew of other crimes, were forced to open fire after his girlfriend’s son allegedly physically assaulted them.
The altercation occurred Thursday in Brooklyn, where ICE officials showed up to arrest illegal alien Gaspar Avendano-Hernandez as he returned home from work, according to the New York Daily News.
“As the 33-year-old man headed inside around 8:15 a.m., a pair of ICE agents approached him,” the outlet reported. “The confrontation soon escalated, with both sons of Avendano-Hernandez’s live-in girlfriend coming to his aid and one of the agents reaching for his weapon, said police sources and witnesses.”
One of the sons, Eric Diaz-Cruz, 26, was initially tasered and later shot after he “physically attacked” the officers, according to a statement from ICE.
Following Avendano-Hernandez’s arrest Thursday, protests emerged in NYC in defense of the accused domestic abuser and his girlfriend’s son:
Tomorrow morning at 6am we will meet again in solidarity at Maimonides Hospital for Gaspar Avendano-Hernandez and his family. We refuse to allow ICE to terrorize our community. #abolishICE #ICEshotamanintheface #SanctuaryCities #NeverAgainIsNow pic.twitter.com/6tgB4DEurY
— New Sanctuary Coalition (@NewSanctuaryNYC) February 7, 2020
We’re here at Maimonides Hospital in solidarity for Gaspar Avendano-Hernandez & his family. We will not allow ICE to terrorize our community.
— Brad Lander (@bradlander) February 7, 2020
But according to ICE, the entire incident could have been prevented had New York City authorities simply done their job.
“The New York Police Department arrested Avendano-Hernandez Feb. 3 for possession of a forged instrument, a felony criminal charge. ICE attempted to lodge an immigration detainer after his most recent arrest, however the subject was released from local custody before ICE could lodge a detainer,” the department’s statement reads.
“This forced ICE officers to locate him on the streets of New York rather than in the safe confines of a jail. Avendano-Hernandez is currently in ICE custody, along with one additional individual whose identity has not been released. Two ICE officers were transported to a local hospital for treatment.”
It’s not clear whether the “one additional individual” is Diaz-Cruz.
Instead of taking responsibility for what happened Thursday, NYC officials have responded to the incident and ICE’s statement by attacking the agency for doing its job.
“Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other elected leaders held a news conference Friday morning to demand accountability from ICE, saying the shooting in the Gravesend section should never have happened in a sanctuary city like New York,” local station WABC reported.
In so-called “sanctuary cities,” the needs and wants of illegal alien scofflaws and criminals tend to be prioritized over those of their victims, many of whom tend to be bona fide American citizens — some of whom immigrated to the U.S. legally.
The terror-supporting Council on American–Islamic Relations has also condemned ICE.
“The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for shooting an unarmed man in the face during an attempted arrest of another man in Brooklyn,” the organization said in a statement.
The organization further argued that accused domestic abuser Gaspar Avendano-Hernandez should not be deported because he’s the “primary witnesses” to ICE’s allegedly illicit behavior.
“It is unconscionable that ICE is seeking to evade accountability by deporting a primary witness to their actions,” CAIR-NY litigation director Ahmed Mohamed said.
“The authorities must step in and investigate ICE’s conduct and ensure that Mr. Avendnao-Hernandez is not deported. No community should be forced to live in fear. CAIR-NY continues to support the rights of undocumented immigrants.”
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) February 6, 2020
Diaz-Cruz’s brother is also unhappy about what happened and has argued that his brother was unarmed when ICE opened fire.
“He resisted because they didn’t show him no papers, like ‘Oh I’m the police,’ no badge, no nothing, no warrant, no nothing,” he said to WABC.
“They just tackled him, and that’s why he reacted the way he reacted. He didn’t say, ‘Get down,’ he didn’t say nothing. And he didn’t have nothing, my brother, he didn’t have no weapons in his hands, nothing. The minute they’re tackling him, they get up to the doorstep, I’m here, my brother is here, he thought I was going to get involved, and he pointed the gun at my brother and didn’t even hesitate and pulled the trigger.”
According to Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary Coalition, a group that advocates on behalf of the interests of illegal aliens, it’s unconscionable that ICE agents opened fire, even if Diaz-Cruz had attacked them first.
“Why is ICE shooting at anyone in the city?” he reportedly said. “This is a civil agency, not a police agency. This administration and this organization used excessive force and shot someone this morning.”
Ragbir is reportedly also an illegal alien, though he’s been safe from apprehension and deportation thanks to a lawsuit that he filed that’s reportedly been backed by an Obama-era judge.
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