This is the disturbing moment when a law enforcement officer tasered a 16-year-old boy at a shelter for migrant children in Texas.
Patrick Divers, deputy sheriff of Bexar County, responded to the 911 call from staff at the Southwest Key Casa Blanca Shelter in San Antonio on May 12, 2020 over reports that the Honduran teen had broken two beds and some storage bins.
The images, first obtained by reveal news, shows Divers getting out of his vehicle, where he is met by a staff member outside the center who tells him: ‘One of our youngsters (acts) really crazy. He breaks things… He’s super aggressive.’
The migrant boy, who is not listed as a minor, was in a bathroom when the sheriff’s deputy entered the building.
Ricardo Cisneros, the shelter’s interim program director, can be seen talking to the teen, telling him Divers “isn’t here to scare you. He’s here to make sure everything’s okay.’
The upset migrant teenager then replied, “Go the fuck out. I don’t need a son of ab****. Go to hell, dude.’
Cisneros reassured the boy that Divers wasn’t there to do any harm, but the boy snapped back, “Let that bastard touch me. I do not give a hoot. Let him hit me.’
Moments later, Divers says to his partner Harold Schneider: ‘I’m going to taser his child.’
Still image from a bodycam video supplied by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office to reveal news shows the moment Deputy Patrick Divers aims his taser at a then 16-year-old boy from Honduras at the Southwest Key Casa Blanca shelter in San Antonio on 12 May, 2020. The officer tasered the migrant teenager before taking him into custody. Shelter staff called 911 after the boy broke two beds and plastic bins because he wouldn’t come to class that day
The migrant teenager, who was 16 years old at the time of the incident, reacts while being tasered
Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Divers responded on May 12, 2020 to a 911 call at the Southwest Key Casa Blanca Shelter in San Antonio following reports that the Honduran teen had broken two beds and some storage bins.
Divers then instructs the teen to “stand up” and “turn around” before shocking him on the right side of his body. He walked over to the boy and continued to taser him as he appeared to be kneeling on the bathroom floor.
He is later marched out of the building.
‘Where the hell are you going to take me? Tell me where you’re taking me?” the teenager asked the police as he was led out of the immigrant children’s shelter.
Then Schneider hears the boy call ‘El Estupido’.
The Honduran boy was 15 years old when he crossed the border alone in 2019 after leaving his hometown where a gang beat him to steal the money he made selling coconut water on the street and threatened to kill him, Reveal reported. .
Arriving in the country as an unaccompanied minor, he was detained at the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and went through a total of five migrant reception centers contracted by the ORR. He had only been at the Texas shelter for a week, having spent most of his nine months in centers in California and Virginia.
US Representative Joaquín Castro told Reveal News that he would ask the ORR to open an investigation into the incident.
Ricardo Cisneros, director of the Southwest Key Casa Blanca shelter in Texas, tried to calm the migrant teenager from Honduras and assured him that the police officer was not there to hurt him. Moments later, the officer tasered the boy and took him into custody
An employee at the Southwest Key Casa Blanca Shelter in San Antonio, Texas, met Patrick Divers, Bexar County Sheriff’s Representative, outside the center and explained that “one of our youth is really going crazy. He breaks things… He’s super aggressive.’
“Here’s a young man who has been through incredible trauma,” said the Democratic politician representing San Antonio. “We have talked a lot in his country about over-policing in different situations, and this is clearly an example of over-policing with regard to asylum-seeking young people.”
DailyMail.com contacted the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Southwest Key Programs and Officer Divers for comment.
Data obtained by Reveal News shows that at least 84 migrant children, ages 11 to 17, have been taken into police custody following incidents at private immigrant shelters in the past six years.
Police reports and court documents showed that 19 of the minors were arrested for allegedly fighting, destroying property or for mental health issues. In most of the incidents, the children were charged with felony, while a child in Washington state was charged with a felony, but prosecutors did not proceed with the case.
Claudia Valenzuela, an attorney for the Immigrant Legal Defense, reprimanded Southwest Key Casa Blanca employees for calling the police.
“I’m a little speechless about the fact that they were the ones who decided to press charges, which led to the tasering,” she said.
The latest monthly U.S. Customs and Borders Protection report, released on May 11, showed border agents detained 17,171 unaccompanied children in the Southwestern border area in April, nine percent less than 18,890 in March, when a record number of unaccompanied children were detained. migrant children came into US custody.
In total, Border Patrol officers met 178,622 undocumented immigrants seeking to enter the United States in April, surpassing the March total by 5,274.
A Southwestern Border report on the border for the month of May will be released this week.