Newly released footage from 2013 shows Cruz Velazquez Acevedo— the 16-year-old who died hours after crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border—drinking a lethal amount of liquid meth after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told him to.
Acevedo was carrying two bottles of liquid that he claimed was apple juice. The border officers told him to drink it to prove he wasn't lying.
Moments later, the 16-year-old took four sips of what he claimed to be apple juice. However, the teen wasn't carrying a fruity beverage, he was carrying liquid meth.
See for yourself:
Just a few hours after drinking the meth, he died.
The officers could've easily just done their jobs and used a test kit (after all, that IS protocol), but instead, they coerced a poor kid into killing himself just because they could.
The United States agreed to pay his family $1 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. government. What would've been a small sentence for Acevedo became a death penalty. SMDH.