The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is claiming $ 100 million in damages for the family of a Guatemalan woman who was shot dead last year by a US border police officer.
The legal claim, filed Thursday, on behalf of Claudia Patricia Gómez González, 20, has been filed a year since she died.
It comes when the US government struggles with rising numbers of Central Americans crossing the southern border and the death of six children in the last year after being arrested by border agents.
Claudia Patricia Gómez González crossed the border between the United States and Mexico in Texas, along with a number of migrants, who were confronted by a border police officer who opened fire and killed her
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed the claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act as a precursor to filing a lawsuit.
Gómez González crossed the border between the United States and Mexico in Texas, along with several migrants who were confronted with a border police officer who opened fire and killed her.
According to the claim, Gómez González was not a threat to anyone, as would appear from the slightest glance. & # 39;
In this Friday, May 25, 2018, photo, Gomez & aunt, Dominga Vicente (above), said her cousin had just graduated as a forensic accountant but couldn't find a job, so she left Guatemala for the US to go out of poverty to escape.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas has filed a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act as a precursor to filing a lawsuit. It claims $ 50 million per person for personal injury and what it says was Gómez González & # 39; s (photo above) wrongful death
The claim says that she was unarmed and did not flee like others in the group of migrants.
It demands $ 50 million per person for personal injury and what it says was the wrongful death of Gómez González.
& # 39; Her life was just as valuable as that of another, and her family deserves justice for their loss & # 39 ;, says Andre Segura, Group Legal Director.
& # 39; Our government has a responsibility to treat everyone lawfully, humanely and with respect, regardless of how they got to this country & he added.
The US Customs and Border Protection, the parent company of the Border Patrol, refused to respond on Thursday.
A video filmed by a woman (photographed) showed agents performing CPR on Gomez immediately after the shot was fired. The woman taking the video can be heard: "Why did you shoot the girl? You killed her!" In Spanish
CBP & # 39; s first statement on May 23, 2018, about the death of Gómez González, said the agent used his gun after being attacked by & # 39; multiple subjects with blunt objects & # 39 ;. The agency called Gómez González an attacker.
The agency revised its statement a day later to say that Gómez González & # 39; a member of the & # 39; was the agent who hurried and ignored orders to land.
According to the statement, the agent fired a round.
Indigenous people carry the coffin of Claudia Patricia Gómez González during her funeral at the municipal cements in the village of La Victoria, municipality of San Juan Ostuncalco
The agent, who was not identified but was 15 years old, was then placed on administrative leave. CBP refused on Wednesday to comment on the status of the agent or the claim that was submitted. George Altgelt, a lawyer for the agent, did not return a telephone message.
Gómez González came from San Juan Ostuncalco, outside the western highland town of Quetzaltenango.
Relatives said they were studying forensic accounting and seeking access to a state university, but failed to pass three entrance exams. She lived in poverty and could not find work, but left for the United States.
Friends and neighbors attend the funeral on June 2, 2018. At the wake of Gómez González, a woman said that many villagers had left for the United States in search of work
More than 160,000 people from Guatemala were arrested on the US-Mexico border between October and April.
At the wake of Gómez González, a woman said that many villagers had left for the United States to look for work.
& # 39; We are poor, there are no jobs. That is why people are leaving, & said the woman, Guadalupe Carreto.
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