Videos obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights organization based in Alabama, appear to show armed Anglos shooting at alleged border crossers, with one scene depicting the killing of one.One video was obtained by SPLC through e-mail, where the organization says that Robert Crooks, head of the California-based Mountain Minutemen group, mailed several nativist leaders the video and allegedly wrote that “this video shows how to keep a ‘Home Depot’ parking lot empty.”
From the report:
Then, after muttering about the distant figures being “cockroaches,” the man shouts out loud, “Hey putos [“faggots”], one, two, three!” Next comes the distinct sound of a shotgun shell being chambered, followed by a sudden flash of light and the sound of a shotgun blast. The direction of the gunfire is unclear.
Another video that SPLC obtained, which looks remarkably similar to the first one, appears to show the murder of a man on the border:
There are two flashes of light and the sound of two semi-automatic rifle shots in quick succession. The figure wearing the backpack appears to fly backward and drop from view.
Colorado has hosted it’s share of Minutemen groups, which take their name from the Guerrilla fighters who battled British forces in the Revolutionary War.
Currently, the Web site for the Colorado Minutemen Project is out of commission, but that still leaves the Rocky Mountain Minutemen and vigilante activities at Sovereignty Colorado–in a state that doesn’t even border Mexico.
According to SPLC, Crooks denies filming the video or participating in it. But whether the picture is a true depiction or a hoax, the organization has found it disturbing enough to pass along to the police.