Mexican police implicated in a mass murder


One of the victims of the police massacre, his body burned. From the report.

One of the victims of the police massacre, his body burned. From the report.

Mexican police, notorious for their willingness to commit mass murder and incinerate their victims, have been implicated in another massacre.

And this time the accuser is an official government agency.

From teleSUR English:

Mexico’s human rights body said on Thursday that the country’s police force carried out 22 extrajudicial executions on a ranch in Tanhuato in the western state of Michoacan in May 2015.

The Mexican Government’s National Human Rights Commission, CNDH, said that the 22 executions took place during a raid on the ranch by federal police who ambushed and killed 42 suspected members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, JNG.

“The investigation confirmed facts that show grave human rights violations attributable to public servants of the federal police,” commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said.

The human rights body says that the police moved seven dead bodies, planted guns and lied about their actions in the raid. Police are also alleged to have burned two bodies and tortured two people once they were arrested. One policeman was killed in the battle.

More from BBC News:

Police used a Black Hawk helicopter during the operation, reportedly firing some 4,000 rounds into the ranch, known as the Rancho del Sol, during the initial assault.

The helicopter itself was hit by gunfire, investigators found.

In its report (in Spanish; warning: contains graphic images), the CNDH asserts that:

  • 5 suspects were killed in the helicopter attack; 22 were arbitrarily executed; 15 died in unclear circumstances
  • 2 bodies were burnt by police
  • 2 suspects were tortured in custody
  • police moved bodies and weapons to cover up arbitrary killings

“The investigation confirmed facts that show grave human rights violations attributable to public servants of the federal police,” commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said.

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