Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2003

DEA will find itself blameless

Do you doubt that the DEA will find itself blameless in the killing of Ashley Villereal?

In St. Louis County ( 1 ) in 2000, two DEA agents fired 21 shots at a car they claimed was moving toward them. The driver and passenger were killed. Witnesses said the car had not been moving at all. The top DEA official cleared his men.

In a New York case ( 3 ) a DEA officer was charged with killing a father of two kids. The agent and his bosses insist that the shooting of the unarmed man (in the back) was self-defense. Johnnie Cochran will handle the wrongful death lawsuit.

No matter how forcefully the DEA here might try to blame a 14-year-old, innocent San Antonio girl for her own death, no one buys that story, and no one should.

The reputations of any good Drug Enforcement agents have been, once again, dragged through the PR mud.

I have no doubt the DEA will find itself blameless. My only doubt concerns how long the investigation will take.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 7, 2002 Harsh Lessons From a Bad Bust
2. Donald Scott, the $5-Million Man
3. A.P. Feb. 7, 2003 Shooting of N.Y. Dad Haunts DEA Agents
4. Feb. 12, 2002 DEA agent charged with murder after shooting
5. ABC 20/20 Feb. 18, 2000 Drug Agent Pleads Guilty in Partner’s Death

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