A Nogales Border Patrol agent accused of hitting a Guatemalan man with his truck referred to migrants as “disgusting subhuman s— unworthy of being kindling for a fire,” federal prosecutors said in court documents, reports The Arizona Daily Star.
The shocking statements were made in a text message sent by Agent Matthew Bowen, 39, who is accused of using his Border Patrol vehicle to knock down a Guatemalan man on Dec. 3, 2017, and then lying in a report about the incident ever taking place, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson.
Text messages sent from Bowen included in the court documents show him referring to migrants he apprehends as “disgusting subhuman shit unworthy of being kindling for a fire” and asking President Trump, though not directly, to “PLEASE let us take the gloves off trump!”
Federal prosecutors Lori Price and Monica Ryan are asking the judge to allow them to use Bowen’s past text messages to show the Border Patrol agent has “great disdain” for the people he apprehends, which could shed light on his state of mind when he hit the man with his truck.
In another text exchange filed by prosecutors in court documents as part of their case against Bowen, an unidentified person asked Bowen on Dec. 18, 2017: “Did you gas hiscorpse (sic) or just use regular peanut oil while tazing?? For a frying effect.”
Bowen responded, “Guats are best made crispy with an olive oil from their native pais,” using a derogatory term for Guatemalan citizens and the Spanish word for country, pais.
“This is a failed agency,” Matthew Bowen once wrote in another text message, according to court documents. “Its sad bc BP does really important work but we are treated like s—, prosecuted for doing what it takes to arrest these savages and not given appropriate resources to fully do our job.”
Bowen’s defense lawyer, Sean Chapman, argues certain portions or terms of texts are “commonplace throughout the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, that it is part of the agency’s culture, and therefore says nothing about Mr. Bowen’s mind-set.”
The texts were reportedly sent between Bowen and other Border Patrol agents.
Bowen, a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol Agency, was indicted by a federal grand jury last May on charges of depriving the Guatemalan man of his civil rights under color of law and falsifying records.