October 4, 1997 |
Nineteen members of an elite Mexico City police force were arraigned Friday in connection with the executions of three youths after a barrio shootout last month, as grieving relatives of the battle's victims shouted curses at them. "Assassins! Damned assassins!" screamed Juana Peralta, 36, whose 17-year-old son was killed in the Sept. 8 gunfight between youths and police in a neighborhood known as an organized-crime den.
July 25, 1996 |
International investigators announced Wednesday that they recorded numerous accounts of police torture, illegal detention and lawlessness in a recent tour of the troubled state of Guerrero, where thousands of army troops have been deployed in a monthlong search for a new, self-styled rebel army.
June 2, 1996 |
As Terry Mamalis and David Forsberg lay in the dark on the floor of the Mexican police van--bound, gagged, blindfolded, beaten, robbed, tortured and soaked with gasoline--the two New York tourists were certain they were about to die. All they had done wrong, they say, was ask two men in uniform for directions. It happened on Feb.
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May 31, 1996 |
Mexican authorities have decided to reinvestigate the death of a North Hollywood welder in Baja California, raising both the hopes and fears of the victim's brother, who believes the new search could grant permanent immunity to a police officer convicted of the killing but later freed. Mario Amado, 29, was found face down with lacerations around his neck in the Rosarito jail on June 6, 1992.
May 29, 1996 |
President Ernesto Zedillo fired Mexico City's chief law-enforcement officer Tuesday after concluding that the city's riot squads used excessive force last week, injuring at least 40 teachers marching for better pay. "Violence must not be met with violence," declared presidential spokesman Carlos Almada in announcing Zedillo's extraordinary decision to fire David Garay Maldonado, the capital's controversial police chief.
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May 23, 1996 |
Spurred by a vocal Shadow Hills man whose brother was found dead in a Baja California jail, Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City) Wednesday wrote to Mexican authorities beseeching them to reopen the case. A Mexican appeals court earlier this month overturned the conviction of a Rosarito police officer who had been sentenced to eight years for the killing.