Initial OK given to deal made after Mexican died at border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has tentatively approved an agreement for the U.S. government to

pay $1 million to the children of a Mexican man who died after being detained by immigration

authorities and shot several times with a stun gun.              

The decision at a hearing Thursday in San Diego is intended to end a nearly 7-year case that

prompted widespread complaints that U.S. immigration authorities tolerated agents who use excessive

force. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges.              

Anastasio Hernandez's five children will split the money if the deal receives final approval, with

about a quarter going for attorney fees and costs.               

The 42-year-old, unarmed man died after a confrontation with authorities in May 2010 at San Diego's

San Ysidro border crossing with Tijuana, Mexico. Authorities have said he was combative while being

returned to Mexico.



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