Community members, leaders call for accountability following ICE-involved shooting

Protesters are expected to call out Immigration Custom and Enforcement (ICE) agents outside the Maimonides Medical Center for allegedly shooting a man in the face Thursday.

News 12 Staff

Feb 7, 2020, 12:35 PM

Updated 1,587 days ago

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City leaders joined protesters outside the Maimonides Medical Center to call out Immigration Custom and Enforcement agents for allegedly shooting a man in the face Thursday.

ICE maintains that the agent fired their weapon because they were being attacked while trying to make an arrest.

Officials say there would be no questions surrounding the incident if officers had been wearing body cameras.

"ICE should not be allowed to move throughout the city without a body camera to see what they were doing while they are here in the city," says Borough President Eric Adams. "We should not have to wonder what happened and what actions took place."

Erik Diaz, 26, is from Mexico and had a visiting visa that allowed him to stay in Brooklyn for several months, his family says. They say he was shot in the face by an ICE agent as other agents tried to take Gasper Avendando-Hernandez into custody.

A spokesperson for ICE says Avendando-Hernandez was here illegally from Mexico, has already been removed twice and has a 2011 assault charge.

News 12 is told Avendando-Hernandez and an unknown individual are in ICE custody.

Adams and other community leaders are calling on both men to be released back to the city.

Diaz's mother thanked the crowd and said she "really appreciates all of the support."

News 12 is told Diaz is in stable condition at Maimonides Medical Center and is scheduled to have surgery Saturday.


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