SAN DIEGO (AP) — A photo of a Border Patrol agent helping a child shoot a powder-filled ball at a target resembling a person sparked outrage by activists, who say the scene appeared to represent the shooting of an immigrant.
But the Border Patrol said in a statement Friday that any suggestion the picture means the agency shows citizens how to attack immigrants is "patently false."
The photo, showing a device resembling a gun, was taken at a June law enforcement community demo at a mall near the Mexican border.
Spokesman Paul D. Carr says the target was a standard, nondescript human figure used at shooting ranges.
Pedro Rios, chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, says the demonstration was "unconscionable," especially because it involved a child and was close to areas where real people have been shot.