ICE Agents Shoot Man While Making Arrest After NYC Officials Let Twice-Deported Illegal Alien Out Of Jail; CAIR And Others Protest

Wackjob organizations in Brooklyn are protesting after ICE agents ended up shooting a man who was interfering with officers as they tried to arrest an illegal alien who had recently been released from a jail in New York after being caught forging Connecticut license plates.

The illegal alien had previously been arrested for domestic violence and had been deported twice already.

Yes, the protesters, elected officials, and figureheads of shill community organizations are taking the side of the criminal alien with a history of violence.

ABC 7 reports:

Community leaders are demanding answers after a Brooklyn man was shot in the face when he allegedly interfered with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents making an arrest Thursday.

Protesters are expected back at Maimonedes Medical Center, where Eric Diaz-Cruz is being treated for a gunshot wound.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other elected leaders held a news conference Friday morning to demand accountability from ICE, saying the shooting in the Gravesend section should never have happened in a sanctuary city like New York.

The shooting happened just before 8:15 a.m. on 12th Street, where authorities say the on-duty ICE agent fired his weapon while trying to serve a deportation order to Gaspar Avendano Hernandez.

As the officers attempted to detain Avendano Hernandez, they apparently got into a scuffle with his girlfriend’s son, Eric Diaz-Cruz. The agent fired his gun, hitting the 26-year-old Cruz in the face.

He suffered non-life threatening injuries and remains hospitalized.

Avendano Hernandez was hit with a Taser and was taken into custody.

“ICE doing its own thing, creating havoc, in many cases, as they did here, creating danger, which they did here,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “They created a very dangerous situation that the NYPD had to come in and stabilize and address. It can’t be part of their game plan to go and shoot someone who wasn’t the person they were trying to pick up. That doesn’t sound like that was handled particularly well.”

The victim’s family stood outside the hospital with angry protesters Thursday night.

“ICE coming in like a bunch of renegades and people are being hurt, we don’t need ice in our communities,” said Hawk Newsome, with Black Lives Matter.

“A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fugitive Operations Team discharged at least one firearm in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday morning when officers were physically attacked while attempting to arrest Gasper Avendando-Hernandez, a twice-removed illegal alien from Mexico with a 2011 assault conviction in New York City,” ICE said in a statement. “The New York Police Department arrested Avendando-Hernandez Feb. 3 for possession of a forged instrument, a felony criminal charge. ICE attempted to lodge an immigration detainer after his most recent arrest, however the subject was released from local custody before ICE could lodge a detainer. This forced ICE officers to locate him on the streets of New York rather than in the safe confines of a jail. Avendando-Hernandez is currently in ICE custody, along with one additional individual whose identity has not been released. Two ICE officers were transported to a local hospital for treatment. This incident is being investigated by the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility. Additional details are not available at this time.”

Avendano Hernandez was stopped by the NYPD for driving with a forged Connecticut license plate earlier this week and he has a prior domestic violence arrest.

New York Daily News provides more:

A routine federal bust of a previously-deported Mexican immigrant went violently off the rails Thursday, with the wanted man tasered in the street and his girlfriend’s unarmed son shot point-blank in the face during a ferocious Brooklyn street fracas.

The showdown began quietly, with agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations descending with a warrant on the Gravesend residence of Gaspar Avendano-Hernandez as the absent-minded construction laborer returned to grab something left behind when he went to work, according to law enforcement sources and witnesses.

As the 33-year-old man headed inside around 8:15 a.m., a pair of ICE agents approached him. The confrontation soon escalated, with both sons of Avendano-Hernandez’s live-in girlfriend coming to his aid and one of the agents reaching for his weapon, said police sources and witnesses.

Eric Diaz-Cruz, 26, who lived in the house with his mom and Avendano-Hernandez, was tasered and then shot by one of the ICE agents, while Avendano-Hernandez was also zapped with a taser. The ICE agent who shot Diaz-Cruz pointed his weapon “straight to the face” before pulling the trigger, with the bullet tearing through the victim’s hand and then into his face, said his brother Kevin Yanez-Cruz, 19.

Among the organizations protesting ICE is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who released this statement:

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for shooting an unarmed man in the face during an attempted arrest of another man in Brooklyn.

According to reports, this morning ICE agents sought to arrest a construction worker, Gaspar Avendano-Hernandez outside his home.  According to one witness, ICE agents began the operation by tackling Avendano-Hernandez in front of his home and did not identify themselves as ICE agents. Eric Diaz-Cruz came to Avendano-Hernandez’s aid. Avendano-Hernandez and Diaz-Cruz were both tasered.  Diaz-Cruz was also shot by one of the ICE agents in the face.

According to witnesses, the ICE agent “pointed straight to the face” and that Diaz-Cruz did not have a weapon.  Daiz-Cruz is listed in critical but stable condition at Miamonides Hospital.  Advocates are gathering outside the hospital demanding that ICE stop their efforts to deport Avendano-Hernandez. Several ICE vehicles have been spotted outside the hospital.

There are vague references to video of the incident that don’t seem to have been made public.


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