How Much is a Dead Mexican Worth? According to the U.S. Government, Less Than a Used Hyundai

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One night in July 2008, U.S. Border Patrol agents with the Department of Homeland Security found Tomas Sanchez Orzuna on a street in San Clemente, sprayed him in the face with toxic chemicals, handcuffed him, beat him, took him to a check point station and hosed him down so violently with water he died from a heart attack while officers refused to rendered medical aid.

That's the gist of a 2010 federal civil rights lawsuit filed in Orange County by Orzuna's distraught, surviving parents.

"The involved border patrol agents should have known that [pepper spray], which they utilized against [the victim], could cause death in overweight people, such as [Orzuna]," the lawsuit asserts. "They also knew, or should have known, that when mixed with water the spray could be fatal."

The water-chemical mix caused "extreme pain" before Orzuna fell unconscious and died, according to the complaint, which goes on to call the agents' "excessive force" conduct "careless," "cruel," "heinous" and so "unconscionable that they shock the conscience."

The lawsuit also alleges that agents tried to cover up their excessive force by falsely claiming the victim had resisted arrest.

Government officials inside the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing, but thought $15,000 was adequate compensation for the loss of Orzuna, who was born in 1969.

(By the way, that amount includes all lawyer fees and expenses.)

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US DOJ: This used Hyundai is worth $5,600 more than Orzuna.
This week, the victim's parents--David Sanchez Adorno and Julia Orzuna Lopez--accepted the amount and U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna closed the case inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.

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R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

I love it when cops study my work, whine and bitch, pretend I am a nobody, take the time to craft a long winded stupid comment and can't find the balls to attach their name to their vomit. I am disgusted by DIRTY cops, not good ones. I trust you are of the mindset that journalists should just write articles that ignore police corruption. So sorry. By the way, a better fake name for you would have been George5150, unless you can't get sodomy out of your mind. (Retard here thinks he's clever by using 286, which is the penal code for sodomy.... Weak.)

Streets
Streets

He's right, he's not Guatemalan....He's Polish............

Streets
Streets

My point is this ....The Hells Angels are the biggest recorded gang in the world.  There are over 20,000 members world wide.  In Australia, Germany, Canada, right now as we speak they are selling more drugs then ever in the history of those countries.  They also have declared war on any other gang trying to distribute drugs in those countries.  You like most pale faces only wish to concentrate on what the others are doing and not what you do.  I like most Americans of Mexican Descent see what is happening, and care to bitch about things without having to lay blame on a certain people but on human nature.  Most of my comments about whites is only to show you narrow-minded people that you too are guilty.  But unfortunately a lot of dumbskys like you and Mitch, make yourselves feel superior by pointing out the shortfalls of people other than your own. Go to www.bikernews.com and you will read about all the reports of killings, drug sales, etc. etc. etc. by your people.  Quit bitching, if you don't like whats happening in your area by minorities then move somewhere else.......      

Streets
Streets

All true......but why discuss a foreign land, what are you doing for the native people of this country?

Streets
Streets

Again based on your misperceptions blanketing an entire group!  Dude, your entitled to your opinions, but let me remind you.....Opinions are like assholes everyone has got one...Ask Mitch......... 

Streets
Streets

No but when they got powerful enough, they forgot what the Indians did for them, then starved and murdered the natives......

Oops
Oops

PEOPLE! He's not a RACIST, just an ASSHOLE.  Nothing to see here, move along.

Oops
Oops

"anchors" oops! a racist word just slipped! we'll pretend you never said that because we know YOU are certainly NOT a racist.  especially because your whole argument would then be invalidated and hate would be your real motive.  but we know you're not like that!  betcha some of your best friends are hispanic!

viva la imigracion
viva la imigracion

Congrats beaner. The president just made you a legal citizen. For now...

kushibo
kushibo

What's with dragging Hyundai into this?

mitch young
mitch young

"There are millions and millions of people living, working, prospering, raising families, and being happy in Mexico. " You know, I agree with that. Mexico is *not* a poor country in global perspective. It is right in the middle. In fact it is also one of the fattest countries. Mexicans come here simply because they can earn more money. And in addition collect a lot of handouts, too. Nothing wrong with wanting to earn more money, but it is hardly a reason why we should put up with crowded schools and roads, lowered wages, and the like.

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