Protesters call for accountability in 2020 ICE shooting of Eric Diaz Cruz

Protesters marched in solidarity Saturday in Washington Square Park with the family of Eric Diaz Cruz - who was shot in the face by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in Feb. 2020.

News 12 Staff

Feb 5, 2022, 10:56 PM

Updated 833 days ago

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Protesters marched in solidarity Saturday in Washington Square Park with the family of Eric Diaz Cruz - who was shot in the face by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in Feb. 2020.
Organizers tell News 12 Cruz entered the U.S. legally on a tourist visa to visit family in Brooklyn. They claim he was sleeping at his mother's home when plain clothes ICE officers came to question another family member, Gaspar Avendano Hernandez, without identifying themselves.
Organizers say during the incident, things took a turn with Cruz being shot and Hernandez Tased by ICE agents. The incident left Cruz blind in one eye.
Since the incident, the family tells News 12 Hernandez has had to wear an ICE tracking bracelet. They're calling on the ICE and NYPD officers involved in the incident to be held accountable and fired. They also want the tracker removed.
ICE told News 12 that litigation in the matter is pending and offered no other comment. News 12 also reached out to the NYPD.


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