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Border Patrol Agent Charged With Hitting Guatemalan Man With Truck Had Called Migrants “Subhuman” and “Savages”

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A Border Patrol agent who was charged with hitting a migrant at the border with his truck and lying about the incident had, in texts to another agent, used hateful language to describe Central American migrants, calling them “savages” and “subhuman shit,” according to the Arizona Daily Star.

The texts come from documents filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson in the case of Nogales Border Patrol Agent Matthew Bowen. Bowen was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2018 over an incident that occurred in December 2017.

Bowen believed migrants are “disgusting subhuman shit unworthy of being kindling for a fire,” according to the documents. “PLEASE let us take the gloves off trump!” he said in another tweet to fellow agent Lonnie Ray Swartz, who at the time was facing murder and manslaughter charges for shooting through the border fence in Nogales in 2012, hitting 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who had been allegedly throwing rocks toward the agents, 10 times. (Swartz was acquitted.) Bowen also texted Swartz in 2017 that rock........

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