ICE Agent Opens Fire on Immigrants Outside a South Nashville Grocery Store

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Law enforcement officers investigate the scene where shots were fired involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the parking lot of a Food Lion store on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville, Tenn. (Shelley Mays/The Tennessean via AP)

On Thursday evening, Latino Rebels received the following media release from Movements Including X (MIX), a grassroots Tennessee groups that focuses on community organizing and immigrant rights. The statement was in response to a published story that included a statement by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE).

Here is the statement from the MIX:

NASHVILLE — On Thursday September 5, 2019, an Immigration Customs and Enforcement agent approached three men in a white work van parked in the Food Lion located in Antioch, TN. The Food Lion parking lot is used as an informal rideshare parking. Neighbors have expressed fear and anxiety over the fact that ICE has escalated a civil matter into the use of deadly force. The MIX denounces terrorizing of community members, using lethal force against our neighbors, and calls on our local elected officials to end cooperation with ICE.

The plain-clothed Immigration Customs and Enforcement agent approached three men in a parked white work van and requested to see IDs without any reported provocation or necessity. Two of the men in the van provided their IDs. However, the third person exercised his right to refuse to show his ID without a judicial warrant. Then the ICE agent fired an unconfirmed number of gunshots at the man who refused to show his ID.

The victim managed to escape in the box truck that was found parked in a neighborhood trailer park nearby. Federal officials and MNPD are still looking for the victim and are currently unaware of his whereabouts. Members of the MIX’s program Migra Watch were the first on the scene and arrived to start a live stream and record the incident.

The two men, who were with the victims, were interviewed by federal investigators. A bystander managed to speak with one of the witnesses verifying their story—ICE shot first and used lethal force when a community member exercised their right to refuse to show ID. No other weapon was fired. Nashville Metro Police arrived on the scene after the ICE agent reported gunfire, and soon thereafter, FBI agents arrived to take over and initiate a federal investigation.

“This is unlike anything we have seen before. We have never seen an ICE agent use lethal force in a civil matter before,” said Anna Albescu, member of The MIX. The ICE agent who was involved in this incident was one of two agents involved in a prior incident that occurred in Hermitage, TN, on July 22, 2019. In Hermitage, ICE attempted to use MNPD’s presence to intimidate a father to leave his vehicle after he calmly and lawfully refused.

“In light of what happened this morning, it is clear that Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials are aware and frustrated that community members understand how to exercise their rights. Now, ICE agents are taking out their frustrations on our neighbors by escalating civil matters into use of lethal force,” said Hernan Crescencio, member of the MIX.

The MIX is calling upon Mayor David Briley, mayoral candidate John Cooper, and our Metro Council to employ their resources to end Nashville’s cooperation with Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency officially and indefinitely. The MIX is demanding a thorough investigation into the incident and demanding the absolute end of collaboration with ICE at every level within our city. Our community needs to feel safe and we deserve to be safe within our own city.

  • The vicious fascist enemy of We The People of the USA is: ICE / congress / administration / FBI / HS / … i.e.: the entire USA government is now the enemy of We the People. They are all vicious assassins attacking with no restraint from Rule of Law anymore in the USA. The USA is now a failing rogue 3rd world dump.

  • Infarction

    The so-called Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) is the prototype for the US version of the Nazi Gestapo. ICE is the new brand of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and other benign-sounding agencies were merged into ICE, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). One should note that the psy-op names the illegitimate US government draped onto these cold-blooded agencies echo fascist Germany of the 1930s. Lately, ICE has adorned their body armor with the word “trooper.” If that doesn’t resonate as an truncated version of Stormtrooper, a relic of Nazi Germany, then nothing will.

    Nowadays, as the occupation forces [police] are escalating violence and summary executions of members of the working class, ICE has its specialized function of hunting down “undesirables” that the authoritarian government and other elements of the most rabidly backward and hateful segments of society have targeted. ICE also serves the regime as the jailers who run the concentration camps that deny even the most basic necessities like fresh water, bedding, nutritious food and hygiene to children who are ripped from the very arms of their mothers.

    We must not forget Martin Niemoller’s cautionary poem “First they came for the Communists/And I did not speak out …” The sadistic crimes that the illegitimate government in the US perpetrates against the most vulnerable of us will eventually be the plague that torments us all.

  • dopfa

    Nazi Germany did not happen in one fell swoop. It happened gradually, as it’s happening in the US now. People of color have always been victims of the racist state of America, which is what Trump touts in his MAGA message loudly and clearly. White people need to speak out against this heinous ideology or they too, will find themselves victims when the evil state comes for them. Like infarction quoted, “First they came for the communists…”

  • dan

    Yet another reason to abolish ICE; mostly a bunch of trigger-happy power-trippers….