Mexico police killed 22 civilians

National Human Right Commission denounces torture, excessive force, evidence handling by federal police

Mexico police killed 22 civilians

World Bulletin / News Desk

Mexico’s federal police arbitrarily executed 22 presumed gang members in the violent western state of Michoacan, the country’s National Human Right Commission (CNDH) said Thursday. 

During a news conference, the group’s president, Luis Raul Gonzalez, said the executions occurred May 22, 2015, when federal police launched an operation on a ranch in Tanhuato against members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). 

“The probe established facts that imply serious human rights violations attributable to public servants of the federal police,” Gonzalez said.

He said his team found evidence of two cases of torture and two deaths by excessive force, adding that police officers moved seven bodies and shifted weapons after the crime. 

The commission also raised doubt about the motive behind the raid. According to the federal police's version, alleged members of CJNG opened fire on police officers' vehicles on a highway. The shooting ignited a clash that lead to the raid on the ranch. 

Gonzalez said at least 42 suspected gang members were killed during the clash while only one police officer died. 

Shortly following the news conference, Mexico’s national security commissioner, Renato Sales, denied police carried out executions and that officers used their arms in a legitimate defense. 

“We believe that the use of weapons was rational in a hostile environment that implied gunshots. We do not believe that it confirms the hypothesis of unofficial executions,” Sales said in a separate news conference. 

Since former Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a war against drug cartels in 2007, police and soldiers deployed to ensure security has faced accusations of human right abuses and murders in some high-profile cases. 

Last June, at least eight people were killed in clashes between protesting teachers and police in the southern state of Oaxaca. 

Authorities have implicated local police and the mayor of Iguala in the abductions of 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero in September 2014. The students remain missing.

In June 2014, seven soldiers were detained for their alleged roles in the murders of 12 civilians in Tlatlaya in Mexico state.

The soldiers, who were charged with breach of discipline and disobeying orders in that case, have all been released.

 

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