MEXICO CITY– As protests rock the United States over claims of cops abuses, anger integrated in Mexico on Thursday over its own authorities brutality case: a young man allegedly beaten to death after officers apprehended him for not using a face mask throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Hundreds of protesters marched Thursday evening in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state, to demand justice in the death of Giovanni López. Some burglarized the state Capitol and sprayed graffiti on the wallsm while others later set 2 authorities patrol vehicles on fire.
An online project currently in development requiring justice in López’s death has actually drawn support from stars like Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro.
Authorities in Jalisco have stated that López was detained May 4 in a town near Guadalajara for a misdemeanor equivalent to disturbing the peace or withstanding arrest.
A video of his detention reveals municipal police battling him into a patrol truck as residents argued with officers about excessive use of force and rules needing face masks, a procedure created to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Hours later on he was drawn from his cell for medical treatment and died.
None of the local police in the town of Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos have been arrested, fired or charged in the death, which officials have said was the result of poundings.
Jalisco state district attorney Gerardo Solis said Thursday that the law enforcement officer had been placed under investigation.
State Gov. Enrique Alfaro called the López’s death “an atrocity” Thursday and promised arise from the examination “within hours.”
However the guv likewise said the incident was “an act of the community authorities” and the state wasn’t to blame. “I am also injured, I am likewise mad, I am likewise enraged that these take place in Mexico,” Alfaro wrote.
However the federal Interior Department stated in a declaration that the hard anti-pandemic measures implemented by Alfaro in Jalisco, consisting of apprehending people for breaching curfews or not wearing masks, contributed to the issue.
” This occasion can be found in the context of the limiting steps carried out by the guv of Jalisco to combat the pandemic, that included the usage of police forces, and which resulted in abuses by authorities,” the department stated.
Assistant Interior Secretary Alejandro Encinas wrote that he “condemns acts in which police has actually been used to impose preventative steps versus the pandemic, or the arbitrary arrest of individuals, especially the most vulnerable amongst us.”
There have actually been disagreements prior to about pandemic prevention procedures in Mexico, where some towns put up obstructions or checkpoints to seal themselves off from the outside world, required visitors to separate or imposed curfews.
Jesús Peña, of the office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Person Rights in Mexico, said that “we encourage the authorities of Jalisco state to send out a clear and unequivocal message that human rights violations will not be tolerated in the enforcement of emergency situation measures throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Cops brutality has a long history in Mexico that precedes the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities and military workers have actually on and off been punished for extreme use of force or extrajudicial killings.
Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights scheduled. This product might not be released, broadcast, rewritten or rearranged without approval.
Subscribe to Reel News
We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe