Video shows border patrol car hitting Native American man and driving away

Video shows border patrol car hitting Native American man and driving away
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A Native American man was struck by a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle Thursday on a reservation in Arizona, according to footage recorded by the man on his cell phone.

The incident, captured by Paulo Remes, a resident of the Tohono O’odham Nation, fueled tensions between the tribe and federal immigration authorities after the video spread rapidly on social media.

In the video, Remes is standing on what appears to be a dirt road as the vehicle barreled toward him, knocking him to the ground. Remes can then be heard reading out the vehicle's license plate number as it drives away.

Remes told the  Arizona Daily Star that he had been standing in front of his house looking for a speaker to listen to music.

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"They just ran me over, bro," he says in the video. Remes was taken to a hospital for treatment and has since returned home.

Indivisible Tohono, a group focused on federal and state border policies impacting the Tohono O’odham Nation, posted the video on its Twitter and Facebook accounts Friday. 

"This is an example of the fear O’odham have to face everyday because [Border Patrol] ravage our communities & are careless with our lives," the group wrote in a tweet. 

In a statement, Remes's mother Juanita Remes condemned the incident, accusing the Border Patrol of taking "human life for granted." The statement was issued on Friday by Indivisible Tohono. 

"The Remes family wishes that exposure of this act will contribute to greater justice for O’odham families and all victims of Border Patrol," the organization said. 

Rob Daniels, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Arizona, did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment on Saturday.

The Star reported that Border Patrol said it is cooperating with a tribal investigation of the incident.

The Tohono O’odham reservation, which straddles the U.S.–Mexico border, became a well-travelled entry point to the U.S. for undocumented immigrants and traffickers after federal officials tightened border security at larger points of entry.

The tribe, made up of 34,000 registered members, including 2,000 in Mexico, has campaigned fervently against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE's proposed border wall, warning that it is unlikely to stymie the flow of people and drugs across the border. 

The Tohono O’odham Nation has so far passed more than 20 resolutions opposing the wall.