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Elian raid excessive force case begins
On Jan 24, 13 people who were injured by U.S. government agents on Apr 22, 2000, finally got their day in court. They were among the 102 persons injured in the dawn raid to seize 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez from the home of his uncle in Miami, to return him to Fidel Castro.
Janet Reno’s Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) agents maced, kicked, stomped, gun-butted, and tear-gassed their way into the home, injuring women who were holding infants and brandishing “deadly weapons” (rosaries) in the agents’ faces.
The agents genuinely feared that they were on a dangerous mission. Agents of Fidel Castro had informed President Clinton that Lazaro’s bungalow was crammed with armaments and packed with Miami Mafiosi.
The judge is allowing only those people who were outside the barricades put up by the city to sue the government for excessive use of force (Newsmax.com, Jan 28, 2005).