For five years, the Drug Enforcement Agency has defended its actions during a drug raid shooting that left four people dead. But new surveillance footage suggests their account of that night is not accurate.
In 2012, the DEA began an operation in Honduras to prevent the smuggling of cocaine through the country. On May 11th, a DEA was following a shipment of drugs that went from a truck to a canoe. The agency then claimed that a second boat appeared that opened fire on their officers, and the DEA returned fire, killing the four people in the boat. The victims were one man, two women and a fourteen-year-old boy. The agency claimed the shooting was justified because they were fired upon first.
But a new surveillance video released to the public for the first time shows that's not entirely the case. The video shows drugs being moved from a truck to a canoe. The DEA and Honduras military then moved in and apprehended the boat. As they did so, a water taxi carrying about a dozen passengers approached them in the river. The agents then opened fire on the civilian boat, killing the four people.
An investigation conducted after the shooting found no evidence to justify the shooting. None of the civilians on the boat were armed. Inspector generals from both the Departments of Justice and State issued scathing reviews of the incident and reprimanded the DEA for what happened.
The video was released to the public after a Freedom of Information Act request was made for it.
Another example of the incompetent handling of the War on Drugs.
For more from the video, head over to the New York Times.