Friday, March 24, 2017

Death of Teen in Custody Leads to Million-Dollar Settlement

Cruz Velazquez Acevedo was 16 when he sought to enter the U.S. from Mexico carrying two containers of liquid. When he told the CBP officers that the liquid was apple juice, they asked him to drink the liquid to prove his claim.

It wasn't apple juice. It was liquid methamphetamine. And when the teen drank a few sips, he started having convulsions and shouting "my heart, my heart" and "the chemicals!". He died within hours.

The family of Cruz Velazquez Acevedo sued, alleging that their child was "coerced and intimidated" into drinking something that the officers knew or strongly suspected to be dangerous.

The BBC reports that the suit settled for 1 million dollars.

-KitJ

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2017/03/death-of-teen-in-custody-leads-to-million-dollar-settlement.html

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