Border Patrol Agent Persecuted - The Legend of Johnny Sutton Lives On...
by Bob Price on November 19, 2011 at 8:12 PM
When my good friend, Gary Brugman, called me a couple of months ago to tell me that the reign of terror against US Border Patrol Agents by now formerly (thankfully) US Attorney Johnny Sutton was not yet over, I was stunned. It seems that Mr. Sutton had to kick one more border patrol agent in the teeth on his way out the door.
For those not up to speed, US Attorney Sutton (aka Johnny Satin) made a habit during his tenure as the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas, of persecuting US Border Patrol agents for doing their jobs while rewarding drug dealers with get out of jail free cards and US visas. The most famous of these cases involved US Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. One of the best things that happened when Barrack Obama took office was, Johnny Sutton was replaced. Ramos and Compean were finally released after then President George W. Bush reluctantly commuted their sentences.
Bob Price with Former US Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos
However, on his way out the door, he found one more agent to go after. That being US Border Patrol Agent Jesus Diaz. Once again, it appears that Jesus Diaz was simply doing his job. He had arrested a drug smuggling illegal immigrant. He had the suspect on the ground and handcuffed him. As he was lifting the suspect to his feet to take him to his vehicle, the suspect tensed up. This is recognized by police officers that a suspect is about to resist or attempt to flee. Agent Diaz exercised a control method used by police officers and federal agents across the country. He grabbed the handcuffs and lifted the suspect's hands upwards. This is uncomfortable, but does not cause injury. It also quickly returns the suspect to a position of submission.
There was no further resistance by the suspect and he was then loaded into the vehicle and transported to the jail for processing. Upon arrival, he was inspected and no injuries of any kind were found. There was no bruising and the suspect did not complain of mistreatment.
This case received national attention after Houston Radio Host, Joe Pags interviewed the wife of Agent Diaz, US Border Patrol Agent Diana Diaz. Please listen to the details of this case from her.
Later, as has been the case in many of these persecutions, a complaint was filed. The case was investigated by the US Border Patrol Inspector General and it was determined there was no violation.
Enter Johnny Sutton. Mr. Sutton takes over the investigation and starts a new prosecution. This is about the time he is replaced as US Attorney, but the case proceeded anyway and Agent Diaz was convicted and sentenced to prison. During the investigation and trial, Agent Diaz was not allowed bail and was kept in solitary confinement. His drug smuggling accuser was released from his charges and given a US visa enabling him to freely cross the border.
For the past several months, Agent Diaz has been held in solitary confinement in south Texas. His wife, also a Border Patrol Agent, was allowed to visit him on a weekly basis. Yesterday, she showed up at the prison for her weekly visit to find out that her husband was no longer located at this facility. He had been moved and she had been given no notification of the move.
After much investigation, she learned that he has been temporarily moved to facility in Oklahoma. He is to be moved from there to an undisclosed location.
This move took place about the same time that World Net Daily started a petition to free Agent Diaz. I encourage everyone reading this post to visit WND, read the story and sign the petition. WND has also learned the Obama Administration is attempting to place a gag order on thier coverage of this story! No surprise that Obama would seek to stop free speech and a free press.
How does it come to pass that our justice department continues to persecute our law enforcement agents while rewarding criminals. This is the same Justice Department that put thousands of weapons in the hands of drug cartels under operation Fast and Furious leading to the death of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. What is wrong with our country and our priorities. How can we expect our Border Patrol to secure the border when they are regularly persecuted for doing their jobs? I thought it would stop when Johnny Sutton was replaced. But he just had to get one more in on his way out the door. Johnny Sutton should be thuroughly investigated to see what kind of corruption leads a man to these horrible decisions.
I have discussed this incident with Congressman Ted Poe and he assured me he will look into this matter as he did the incidents involving prior persecutions.
You might wonder, "What is Johnny Sutton up to these days, now that he can't kick Border Patrol Agents to the ground anymore?" Glad you asked...
Here's a new recruiting slogan for the US Border Patrol... "Come patrol our borders and if we don't get you killed, we will put your butt in jail!" It is passed time for this nonsense to stop. Write your Congressman today and demand an investigation into the Jesus Diaz case right away!