Emmett Croy has spent a 12 months attempting to get solutions in regards to the night of February 4, 2020, when his stepsondied in Border Patrol custody. His household wonders if the overdose loss of life may have been prevented.
Croy mentioned his questions have gone unanswered. In reality, he mentioned the company hasn’t communicated together with his household in any respect within the 12 months for the reason that 32-year-old’s loss of life. An legal professional employed by Croy mentioned he has additionally acquired no responses to requests for details about the case.
“They’ve by no means reached out. We have by no means talked to anyone from the federal government,” Croy instructed CBS Information. “I do not know any greater than I knew a 12 months in the past.”
Markowitz was arrested on February 4, 2020, after brokers for U.S. Customs and Border Safety pulled over his automobile close to the company’s station in Brackettville, Texas. He was alone in his automobile and surrendered instantly however the company mentioned in a press launch the following day that the 32-year-old was “a suspect in an alien smuggling incident.” In a separate launch that day, the company described an intense pursuit after one other automobile, with six individuals inside, sped away from the scene. That automobile finally drove off the highway and all six occupants — 5 of whom had been immigrants who had entered the nation with out authorization — fled on foot.
Although CBP later acknowledged that Markowitz’s arrest was a part of the identical incident, the company has by no means defined why it believed he was related to the packed automobile that fled.
Croy, who’s a retired Border Patrol agent, needs to know if there was proof that Markowitz was truly working with the individuals within the different automobile.
“Except he is acquired aliens in there, he hasn’t dedicated against the law. The one method they’ll join him to against the law is that if they catch the opposite car they usually hyperlink it to him. And that will be the one method they’d have against the law in opposition to him,” Croy mentioned.
The company didn’t reply to questions despatched by CBS Information.
In a March 2020 letter to the Division of Homeland Safety, then-Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro and Immigration Activity Pressure Chairwoman Linda Sánchez demanded details about Markowitz’s loss of life and wrote they had been “troubled twenty-eight days after the loss of life of James Paul Markowitz with none additional particulars or related info to his case.”
The company replied on September 21, writing that it couldn’t reply their questions as a result of the loss of life was being investigated internally by CBP’s Workplace of Skilled Accountability in addition to a sheriff in a close-by county. CBP has not supplied an replace since.
In the meantime, Croy mentioned Markowitz’s mom nonetheless visits his grave ceaselessly, although “the crying is not prefer it was up till a month in the past.” And Markowitz’s girlfriend has given start to his daughter.
“When that child is older, it should be a tricky day, you recognize, to work by way of that query, ‘How did my dad die?’ That is not going to be a straightforward one,” Croy mentioned.
Whereas Markowitz did not have undocumented immigrants in his automobile earlier than his 3:30 p.m. arrest, he did have small quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine. An post-mortem obtained by CBS Information exhibits in some unspecified time in the future earlier than or throughout his arrest, Markowitz swallowed “a baggie containing one or each substances.”
It was a mistake that will show lethal. The health worker decided that he died from an overdose.
In a notification to Congress that CBP was required to file following the in-custody loss of life, the company wrote that “at round 6:00 p.m., throughout processing on the Brackettville Station, the person started exhibiting indicators of misery.”
The company mentioned in its notification that it referred to as for an ambulance, which arrived 40 minutes later. A neighborhood sheriff later reviewed data at CBS Information’ request and discovered that the ambulance wasn’t truly referred to as for till 6:26 p.m. Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe mentioned Markowitz was described as “sweaty” and “fidgety” on the decision. The ambulance was dispatched minutes later.
After CBS Information’ reported the Kinney County dispatch data timeline on March 5, 2020, CBP despatched a brand new breakdown that mentioned Markowitz first confirmed indicators of misery at 6:05 pm and was instantly examined by a Border Patrol agent licensed as an emergency medical technician. At 6:11 p.m., the agent took Markowitz exterior for contemporary air, however then determined Markowitz wanted medical care. CBP mentioned by 6:26 it was obvious that “extra superior care was required.”
Croy mentioned that wait is on the coronary heart of Markowitz’s household’s questions. When did Markowitz first inform brokers that he was at risk?
“When did he truly inform them, you recognize, how lengthy earlier than that? Did he inform them and did they imagine him? It may simply be an incident the place he instructed him they usually did not imagine him, they usually waited till he truly began exhibiting indicators. However the issue is we’ll by no means know as a result of we do not get any solutions from the federal government,” Croy mentioned.
Croy mentioned even his personal former colleagues have not been ready, or prepared, to assist him be taught extra.
“It is CYA (cowl your a**). I name individuals and say, ‘Are you able to inform me what you hear?’ And it is like, ‘That is above my pay grade, dude.’ They are not going to say something,” Croy mentioned.