Regional
6:29 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Hundreds Protest Border Patrol Shooting

El Paso – About 200 people rallied outside the U.S. Border Patrol El Paso headquarters, protesting the shooting death of a 15-year-old Mexican boy by a patrol agent earlier this month.

Protesters crowded under a broiling sun and near-100-degree heat on a sidewalk across the street from the patrol headquarters Tuesday afternoon. They chanted, "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" Placards bore such slogans as, "Murder is not rewarded with a paid vacation," referring to administrative leave ordered for the still-unidentified Border Patrol agent involved in the shooting.

The protesters included women and children, old and young, those afoot and in wheelchairs, many waving U.S. flags. Motorists passing by honked their horns in apparent support.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.