#FastAndFurious : Murdered Border Patrol Agent armed with *beanbags*

Posted by: Phineas on July 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Oh, for Pete’s sake!

The Justice Department on Monday unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s death, and announced a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the arrest of those suspects still at large.

For the first time, federal officials also revealed that Terry and an elite squad of federal agents initially fired bean bags — not bullets — at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011 (sic). During the exchange, Terry was shot and killed.

(The original article contains a typo. Brian Terry was murdered in 2010, not 2011.)

It’s not clear from the article why Terry and his colleagues were using bean bags instead of firearms. Were they required to by department policy? Were they allowed to escalate to bullets only after being shot at? Was it their choice, and they just made a disastrously wrong decision?

Regardless, that bean bags were even an option is ludicrous. Arizona is prime territory for cartel smuggling; these gangs are armed with heavy weapons and are quite willing to use them. Border Patrol agents should be armed and ready to use deadly force from the moment of first contact.

The cartels sure are.

PS: And let’s not forget that the weapons used against Agent Terry and his team were supplied by the United States government. The cartels get assault rifles, while our guys get beans.

via Gateway Pundit

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “#FastAndFurious : Murdered Border Patrol Agent armed with *beanbags*”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    Late last year a contingent of Border Patrol agents went through firearms training at the range where I am a member. They had some sound drills they performed with impressive firepower. My first thought was, “Why are they doing all this? They will only be armed with beanbags and sidearms at the most inopportune times.” I did not know then how right I was in that assumption.

  2. Carlos says:

    That’s funny, Phineas. I didn’t think the border agents had beans for weapons, compared to the cartels that The Magnificent Won has supplied weapons to…

  3. observation says:

    Oh God, how stupid is our government! How can they sleep at night knowing that they are turning our land into Mexico by allowing the invasion of drug cartels and low-skill, anchor-baby-birthing work thieves. What have we done to deserve this government?

  4. Gravelagitator says:

    They were under orders to apply less than lethal. It was not their choice. Send your thank you notes to obonzo and duhpolitano.

  5. Sarah says:

    So.. are they counting Eric Holder as being still at large?

  6. Patrick says:

    Well, that would be stupidly consistent with what the Border Patrol Union said about being told to run away if encountering a shooter in a public place. Just more culpability from the DOJ. They have ads here in FL all the time about becoming a Border Patrol Agent. I think I will pass, at least in the military they give you real guns with real bullets to fight an enemy that has them.

  7. kaiser Norton says:

    This “sealed indictment” info regarding the beanbags was out in the public within a week of Agent Terry’s death. As was the “third gun” that has gone missing…..

  8. Lorica says:

    So the regime arms our enemies with real guns, but our border agents with beanbags. Nice. – Lorica

  9. redgypsy says:

    How infuriating. I can’t imagine being Terry’s family and hearing this. It’s bad enough being a fellow Arizonan and finding this out. How anybody in the admin sleeps, I don’t know…
    Makes me want to say they should sleep, with one eye open….
    (I didn’t say that. That was some passer-by)

  10. James says:

    Observation, “what have we done” to deserve this? “We” voted for Obama.