Rigoberto Alpizar

Rigoberto AlpizarIs shooting the mentally ill better than effective treatment?

Orignally published 10th December 2005
by IndyMedia UK

News updates listed at the foot of this item

Forty-four year old Rigoberto Alpizar, an American citizen, was murdered by federal air marshals on Wednesday as he fled an American Airlines jet at Miami International Airport. Federal officials lied about him saying he had a bomb. According to passengers he never said he had a bomb. Passengers said they heard him say “I have to get off this plane” and he bolted from his seat, followed by his frantic wife, who was screaming that he was bipolar and off his medication. As he fled toward the terminal, undercover agents shot him in cold blood on the jet bridge.  Passengers say he was shot four or five times.

Alpizar, a citizen of Maitland, Florida who worked in the paint department of Home Depot, was on his way home from Quito Ecuador, where he and his wife were on a church mission.  Family, friends, and neighbours describe him as a well-liked man completely different from the one portrayed in news accounts – smiling, talkative, proud to be a citizen.

The air marshals claim that Alpizar was acting aggressively even when he boarded.  If so, why was he allowed to board and not just escorted away immediately?  They found Mr. Alpizar had no bomb or nothing that could be remotely considered a weapon, not even a house key.

A SWAT team surrounded the jet, passengers had guns put to their heads, the terrorist fascist authorities had the bombs and used them to blow up two bags.  Alpizar was found to have no tie to terrorism.
The authorities are the ones who terrorized the passengers.

We have only the two undercover marshals’ word that Alpizar ever said he had a bomb. Passenger Alan Tirpak, one of several who heard Alpizar’s wife talk about his illness, said Alpizar did not say anything about a bomb.  He is corroborated by other passengers.

A pilot who sat next to Mrs. Alpizar and reassured her was aware of the real situation.  Federal air marshals are trained to kill, like a rabid dog, once they have the taste of blood they hunger for the kill, their training is the cause of this insanity.  Amnesty International has long noted the problem of police using extreme force, deadly force, against mentally ill or disturbed people who could have been subdued easily with out their insane measures.

In 2000, Chicago police shot and killed a deranged Arthur Hutchinson, who was menacing an officer with just a spoon.  In 2002, they shot and killed a deranged Tim Crotty who was menacing an officer with an ink pen.  Even in cases of more serious threat, much less force could usually have been used.  In August 1999, Gidone Busch, a mentally ill man wielding a bath towel died after NYPD officers shot at him 12 times.  The case led to community protests over why the six officers at the scene could not have subdued him less violently.

The same could be asked of the May 1999 LAPD shooting of Margaret Laverne Mitchell, a frail, mentally ill, homeless 55-year-old woman who lunged at an officer with a candy bar while he and another officer were questioning her about a shopping cart she was pushing.

The White House stands behind the shooting because they are insane lunatics.  It was the White House which after orchestrating the 9-11 government operation expanded the air marshal program from only 33 once to over six thousand.

Armed them with guns impunity to murder and terrorize, they travel on planes ready to terrorize if anyone gets slightest bit out of line.  The Aviation and Transportation Security Act signed by Bush two months after 9-11 authorizes them to travel on domestic passenger flights, which is how Rigoberto Alpizar came to their notice.

Officials claim the shooting was justified by the fabricated threat.  But how is it then that on 3rd December 2001, pilots and crew, without any marshals present, were able to subdue Richard Reid who really did have a bomb?  Is this what happens when civilian functions increasingly become penetrated by fascist military tactics and agendas; to suppress and keep the citizens in line; when police and military functions blur.

When personnel from all branches of military act as terrorists and executioners on foreign and domestic soil and conversely, when police – local, state and federal – act more as fascist military units, sometimes with black Ninja suits, torture devises, and automatic weapons.  The real reason why some one in need of medical help ended up Murdered is an active policy to exterminate a class of ‘unwanted’ citizens.


Follow-up News:

Wife says husband was mentally ill
8 December 2005

Man shot dead at Florida airport
8 December 2005


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