Border guards forged documents after they found a 16-year-old immigrant dead in a cell: Video
ProPublica published a video of the last hours of the life of a seriously ill immigrant from Guatemala. Comparing the information received, it turned out that the guards, without real checking the state of the prisoner, put “checked” marks in the service report. No charges have been brought against them for negligence or forgery of official documents.
16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez surrendered to the border guard on May 13. He was diagnosed with flu and therefore he was separated from the general group of prisoners and put in a separate quarantine cell, which for him became a "death row cell".
“The men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are saddened by the tragic loss of this young man and our condolences are with his family. CBP is committed to the health, safety and humane treatment of those in our custody,” says the CBP Statement.
The released video shows the events of May 20, from 1:19 a.m. until 6:06 a.m. when a cellmate found him. The frames show that the guy writhes in pain and even falls near his bed. It can also be seen that over the 5 hours of agony, the employees of the detention center did not carry out any checks, although three were indicated in the submitted report sheet.
In addition to the apparent violation of regular checks, medical experts call the transfer of a sick child to a prison cell, and not a hospital, as the main mistake.
“Why is a teenaged boy in a jail facility at all if he is sick with a transmissible illness? Why isn’t he at a hospital or at a home or clinic where he can get a warm bed, fluids, supervised attention and medical care? He is not a criminal,” said Dr. Judy Melinek, a San Francisco-based forensic pathologist who reviewed records of Carlos’ death at the request of ProPublica. “No one should die this way: vomiting, with a fever and without the comfort of a caregiver.”
Other irregularities were also identified, such as extending the immigrant's content by more than 72 hours.
It is reported that ProPublica took all the materials from this file from the local police archive. An interesting fact is that due to the identification of fatal negligence, the CBP did not report the removal or punishment of its employees. After all, this case is the twin brother of the high-profile case of Jeffrey Epstein's death. In the case of Epstein, the two guards also faked official records and are now charged.