Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Brisenia Flores Murder: Why The U.S. Media Buried the Story


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La Prensa San Diego analyzes why the mainstream media buried coverage of the Shawna Forde murder case, a case that we blogged about on several occasions on ImmigrationProf.  Prosecutors charged that Forde recruited two men to rob the Flores home because she needed funds for her Minutemen American Defense organization.  Nine-year old Brisenia Flores and her father were killed in the robbery.  For more on the verdict, click here.  A jury currently is deliberating on whether Shawna Forde should receive the death penalty.

Here is a video of Forde on a television show.


Here is a press release about the verdict from

"Latinos across the United States applaud the guilty verdict of two counts of first-degree murder rendered by the Pina County jury on the trial of Shawna Forde, a leader of the hate-group Minuteman American Defense (MAD) who was found guilty of murdering 9 year-old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul Flores. Local civil and human rights leaders from across the nation join forces with, an online advocacy group that seeks to strengthen the political voice of Latino communities, to salute the Flores family in its efforts to achieve justice for Brisenia. Advocates state that verdict sends a strong message that hate-crimes will face the full force of the law and, at the same time, call on the media to be socially responsible by reporting the linkages between Forde’s proven extremism and that of extremist groups she represents.

On May 2009, Forde and two accomplices – MAD Operations Director Jason Bush and local MAD member Albert Gaxiola – broke into the Flores’ home in the border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Without compunction, they shot Raul Flores, his wife Gina Gonzalez and their daughter Brisenia who screamed, “Please don’t shoot me!” before being shot twice in the head; Gonzalez survived the incident."

Unfortunately, the Flores murder case is the tip of the iceberg.  Hate crimes against Latinos and immigrants have been in the news regularly over the last few years, at the same time that the nation has had a rancorous debate over immigration reform and the place of immigrants in U.S. society.

UPDATE (Feb. 21):  The jury imposed the death penalty on Shawna Forde for the two murders.


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