Riverside, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2013
‘A Vow To Run’, by Larry Rios, describes an incident that still shapes law enforcement policies to this day, exactly seventeen years later. This month is the anniversary of an incident that devastated the careers of several law enforcement officials and forever changed the lives of the victimized undocumented aliens trying to enter the United States. The story begins on April 4, 1996, when the United States Border Patrol initiated a stop on a pickup truck that had a camper shell attached. The driver of the pickup, rather than stop, chose to speed away northbound on the I-15 freeway from Temecula, California. The Border Patrol briefly pursued the pickup until Riverside Sheriff’s deputies arrived and assumed control of the pursuit. The driver refused to yield to the Sheriff’s units as well and the chase continued onto the 91 freeway towards Los Angeles.
As the pursuit went on, Smuggled aliens in the pickup began throwing backpacks and camper shell pieces at the Sheriff cars. The pickup finally stopped alongside the freeway the people in the pickup ran onto the freeway shoulder trying to elude capture while deputies gave chase.
It was during the foot chase that the story takes an interesting twist. A woman, who tried to escape, suffered severe injury to her legs at the hands of a deputy who repeatedly struck her with his night stick. The incident, seen by the world on live video as it happened, caused an outrage by various rights groups and the Mexican Consul. This is the story of the investigations initiated by three different agencies and the driving motives of each individual investigation.
"As the lead investigator in this high profile case, I was compelled to relate the story that, in part, helped mold today’s pursuit policies for various law enforcement agencies,” says Rios. “It reveals lingering problems with our immigration policies and how illegal immigration continues to be largely ignored. Once again, our politicians are suggesting solutions for immigration reform that fail to address the core of the problem. This short story provides an insight on what needs to be addressed before moving on with reform,” concludes the author.
About Larry Rios
Larry Rios joined the United States Border Patrol on October 14, 1975, and worked the border north of Tijuana, Mexico while stationed in Chula Vista, California. On September 10, 1978, he transferred to the Border Patrol station in Temecula, California, where he learned the ropes at the station’s traffic checkpoint on the I-15 freeway. On September 1, 1988, Larry Rios left the uniform behind and took a position as a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) in the Los Angeles District and was stationed in Riverside, California. It was here that an extensive amount of investigative training enabled this and other investigations that were carried out by this author. On about the year 2000, the Immigration and Naturalization Service became the Department of Homeland Security. Larry Rios retired from active duty on December 31, 2003.
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