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A barrage of rocks and then bullets: When the Border Patrol kills Mexican teens

A barrage of rocks and then bullets: When the Border Patrol kills Mexican teens

Every other day, something large and heavy flew over the rusted 20-foot tall border fence and crashed in the U.S. Chunks of concrete pulled from a crumbling sidewalk. A 3-pound piece of quartzite. Sometimes they came in barrages.

Border Patrol agents on the U.S. side of the fence called the incidents "rockings," and when rocks hit their targets, they opened gashes on agents' heads, split the skin above their eyes and left their uniforms a bloody mess.

In the last five years, three Mexican teenagers have been shot dead by Border Patrol agents who, according to the agency, were under assault by rocks thrown over the fence. The Border Patrol deemed two shootings...

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