Danny Noriego Doesn't Like ICE

[Moxley Confidential] Why are government officials protecting an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who almost killed an innocent Anaheim man?

For one, trigger-happy federal agent in Orange County, Dec. 1, 2011, was a day he should've stayed in bed. I'd tell you his name, but his employer, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency inside the Department of Homeland Security, doesn't want the public to know because of embarrassment. Officials inside the Anaheim Police Department know the agent's name and what he did that unnecessarily put dozens of kids in life-threatening danger, but they are also protecting his identity.

Law-enforcement officials have been content to let the bizarre incident remain a public mystery. But there is a problem. There were eyewitnesses, and at least one of them is demanding answers. It's an understandable position. The federal agent's bullet—the one that struck a crowded Anaheim elementary school and caused an emergency lockdown—was intended to kill or seriously maim him.

It has been four months since a shocked Danny Noriega, a 28-year-old union carpenter, faced the barrel of a gun and a lethal bullet speeding his way. I recently stood with Noriega on the exact spot where he says his life almost ended and asked him what prompted the shooting.

"That's what I'd like to know," said Noriega, who was born at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange. "I've done nothing wrong. I'm not wanted [by police or immigration authorities] for anything."

The incident—just minutes away from Disneyland—began unremarkably: He'd dropped off his girlfriend's son in a parking lot across the street from Westmont Elementary School in Anaheim. He was waiting at a stop sign behind another vehicle to exit when the unimaginable happened.

"I hear the screech of breaks, and this guy jumps out of his car, points a gun at me and shoots," Noriega recalled about the casually dressed, sunglasses-sporting, tall, Caucasian driving an unmarked sedan. "He didn't say nothing. He just jumps out and shoots."

Fearing for his life, the unarmed Noriega frantically drove around the vehicle ahead of him at the stop sign, sped down several streets by the Anaheim Plaza Shopping Center and onto the 5 freeway.

"All I could think of was 'I got to find help, get protection from the police,'" said Noriega. "I didn't know if he was going to try to shoot me again."

That day, he'd forgotten to bring his cell phone, so he drove north on the 5 to find a payphone from which he could call for help. At a Chevron gas station at Beach Boulevard and Auto Center Drive, he borrowed the business' cordless phone to dial 911.

"Can I get the [police] over here," an obviously unnerved Noriega told the 911 operator at the Buena Park Police Department, according to an audio recording reviewed by the Weekly. "I dropped off my girlfriend's kid at school, and some detective shot at me. He put his front [police] lights on [his dashboard] and took a gunshot at me, and I don't know why."

Noriega assumed the arrival 70 seconds later of a swarm of nearly a dozen patrol units and Anaheim's police helicopter would guarantee his safety. After all, he'd been shot at without warning, called 911, been honest about events and stayed put until cops arrived. But he assumed wrong.

"A cop told me to get on the ground, and he put handcuffs on me," he said. "They were acting like I was the bad guy. They asked me why I left the [shooting] scene. I said, 'What? You think I should stay so he can take another shot at me? I don't think so.'"

After about 15 minutes, the ICE agent who shot at him arrived at the Chevron, where Noriega had been placed in the back of a Buena Park police vehicle. He recalled that the same agent had walked by him at his apartment complex days earlier without saying a word to him.

"[At the gas station,] I thought he was going to say, 'Sorry, this is a case of mistaken identity,' but he doesn't say anything to me," he said. "The other ICE agents are looking at a picture, looking at me and looking back at the picture. I could see them shaking their heads 'no' because I wasn't the guy they were looking for. But they wouldn't let me go. They called me a suspect."

For the next 10 hours, authorities knew they had captured the wrong man but nevertheless kept an innocent Noriega in custody, fingerprinted him, rummaged through his vehicle and, without bothering to get a court order, searched his home.

Rather than admit they'd erred, officials apparently tried to cover up their incompetence by threatening to charge Noriega with—drum roll, please—attempted murder of a law-enforcement officer.

"[The ICE shooter] said I tried to run him over," Noriega said. "That's not true. That's nuts. All I did was try to get away from a man shooting at me for no reason."

The assertion against Noriega was dishonest, a fact underscored by two glaring points. If authorities really thought he'd tried to kill one of their own, he'd still be in jail facing as many criminal charges as they could file. They also wouldn't have given him a courtesy ride home, picked up all the costs of his impounded SUV and made apologetic statements.

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Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Who's the suspect fool? The suspect or the one who follows him?

PatrickR
PatrickR

The only thing worse than screwing the pooch, is trying to deny that you screwed the pooch. The local law enforcement agencies are wrong for helping cover up the FUBAR by ICE. Instead of rationalizing and trying to find some off the wall justification, the ICE Agent needs to man up and admit he made a mistake, didn't follow procedures, used excessive force and take his medicine. The Judge hearing the case will likely see it that way. That clinking sound you hear is the cash register paying out our tax dollars to Mr. Noriega in his Civil Suit. .

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

Only the Constitutional TEA PARTY can save us now from the Socialist agenda of the Obama and his Czars in the administration. A major agenda of this government is to slyly pass a backdoor amnesty for illegal aliens, who have not only committed their first offense by entering a sovereign country without permission, but to get work they either made up a social security number, but would likely stolen an innocent Americans ID. This is a Felony and the President Obama, Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano, are ignoring this criminal violation. Currently the amnesty that Obama administration is proposed is to make it easier for illegal aliens who are family members of American citizens to apply for legal permanent residency. This is a absolute travesty when millions of foreign nationals, wait in their countries sometime for years, to be granted a visa. Only Congress can change the laws governing naturalization and Citizenship—NOT OBAMA AND HIS FLOCK OF CZARS.

This is a political ploy of the Obama government to gain political points, for the presidential race in November. Also seen is the Liberal Democrats attitude that anybody should be allowed to vote, including some of the 20 million illegal migrants and immigrants living here already. It is no stretch of the imagination to be aware that if states do not pass laws, that at least one piece of official ID, such as a drivers license the door is wide open for significant voter fraud, especially in a close race. Democrats and their pushers of special interest groups will do anything in their power to halt states from enacting official government ID laws, to be shown when voting.

A financial calamity is at hand, if we don't start singling out bad politicians, Governors, Mayors and public elected officials who are pro-illegal alien, such as Governor Chaffee of Rhode Island, and Chief of Police Beck of Los Angeles California. These officials are everywhere and must be thrown out of office, before they do more financial damage. These personages are pandering to the illegal alien organizations such as La Raza, Mecha and many other minorities. They are just a small part of our elected officials who see no wrong in passing on the cost of public welfare programs, to taxpayers.

That illegal immigration and their riding on the citizenship of their children is costing a estimated $113 Billion dollars annually and still rising out of your pocket. This is not an immobile dollar figure as millions of legal entries are granted entry documents annually, Only the Conservative TEA PARTY, governed by U.S. Constitution have the ability, to throw out corrupt and the senile lawmakers and vote into office young, honest legislators who rid Washington of the rot that has entrenched there. Only the American taxpaying public has the vote to end massive financial issues like "Obamacare" that will fine you if you don't enroll in a health care package, while the flakes and parasites get the whole package free. I’m sure we will pay for every destitute person and anybody who slips across the insecure border or arrives here legally/illegally by jet to stay.

These people have figured there way to get subsidized government housing and many on welfare drive more expensive cars than average Americans. The same with Obama's push to pass an overflow of poverty from other countries, that taxpayer will also pay to the IRS. Americans must demand mandatory E-Verify, Secure Communities, the 287 G program from Congress, as our jobs are at stake. We must also rescind all Sanctuary city ordinances, chain migration, dream acts and any form of Amnesty. We must remove the Obama administration, before we become a nation of beggars, in the eyes of the world? Take a few minutes and read the news editorials that the Socialist and Liberal newsmakers don't want you to see at AMERICAN PATROL, www.americanpatrol.com. Also follow the U.S. sovereignty web site of NUMBERSUSA, www.numbersusa.com. Learn the stomach heaving costs to all Americans from illegal immigration.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Um if you fire at someone with no justification and no reason is the idea that "anything is a reason" justification enough? You tell me.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

"there's an ongoing investigation into filing charges against Noriega".

And for what? Because one of your own ICE agents fired at a man unprovoked after he dropped his girlfriends kid off at school and was waiting at a stop sign when the ICE agent jumped from his car and fired a shot at Noriega:

Noriega: "I didn't know if he was going to try to shoot me again".

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Find out who that immigration and customs enforcement officer by name and bust him for attempted murder of an innocent man.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Find out who that immigration and customs enforcement officer by name and bust him for attempted murder of an innocent man.

ablinecoln
ablinecoln

Shoot first, ask questions later. That's an agent they want to cover up and protect?Messed up.

Thoughtfelon
Thoughtfelon

Why is ICE following suspected coke dealers?Isn't that the DEAs job?

mitch young
mitch young

Actually, ICE has been worming its way into even domestic drug cases,

http://www.vdare.com/posts/ice...

Probably because its top brass -- Director Morton, and of course Holder and Obama, have been sending the message that they will not enforce 'mere' immigration law. After all, ICE could probably find gainful employment for all of its agents just by raiding a few Home Deport parking lots, chatting up the lawn guys in South OC, or investigating a few landscaping contractors. But since those illegal aliens merely suck the tax money from state coffers, their crime is ignored.

Summa_ale
Summa_ale

ICE enforces Immigration & Customs....this includes drug smuggling/distribution, anti-terrorism, money laundering, intellectual property rights....the list goes on and on. Basically any violation of law that has some nexus to a boarder.

 
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