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May 3, 1993 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It will never bring his only baby brother back. But Joe Amado wants the world to hear about his death in a squalid jail cell in this resort town, and the tales of other border hoppers who say they were tortured by the Mexican police.
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September 20, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
As he left the resort island where he spent the last five weeks detained on gun charges, Scott McClung on Saturday recounted instances of emotional torture he says he suffered at the hands of guards. McClung--who on Saturday boarded an airplane for Costa Rica, from which he will pilot his boat back to Newport Beach--said the guards would often barge into the hospital room late at night and threaten him.
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January 12, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Mexican police officer has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison for the strangling death of a North Hollywood man in a Rosarito jail, a rare victory for human rights activists who contend that Mexican police mistreat foreign tourists with impunity. It was also a ringing triumph for the victim's brother, who mounted a home-grown protest that dragged a U.S. congressman and the president of Mexico into the case on his behalf. "This decision . . .
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September 20, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he left the resort island where he spent the last five weeks detained on gun charges, Scott McClung on Saturday recounted instances of emotional torture he says he suffered at the hands of federal officers working for a prosecutor. McClung--who later boarded an airplane for Costa Rica, where he will pilot the yacht, the Rapture, back to Newport Beach--said the officers would often barge into the hospital room late at night and threaten him.
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June 2, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 3, 1993 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the 10 months since his brother's death in a Rosarito jail cell, Joe Amado has been championing the causes of other families who allege that their relatives have been abused--or murdered--while in the custody of Mexican police. Where Amado has received some answers in his brother Mario's death--obtaining, for example, an autopsy declaring it a homicide--other families still search. Some families sought out Amado. In some cases, he tracked them down, later briefing U.S.
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July 25, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 4, 1997 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 12, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN
Joe Amado, whose brother died last year in a Rosarito, Mexico, jail, led a small demonstration in Van Nuys Monday against the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying it must be amended to force Mexico to halt human-rights abuses. Amado, a Van Nuys salesman, spoke to reporters while seven friends and relatives stood in front of a federal office building, holding signs that urged Congress not to approve the treaty as written.
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January 12, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Mexican police officer has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison in the strangling death of a North Hollywood man in a Rosarito jail, a rare victory for human rights activists who contend that Mexican police mistreat foreign tourists with impunity. It also was a ringing triumph for the dead man's brother, who mounted a home-grown protest that dragged both a U.S. congressman and the president of Mexico into the case on his behalf. "This decision . . .
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October 4, 1997 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 25, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 2, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 | JOHN M. GONZALES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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May 29, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 | JOHN M. GONZALES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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January 7, 1989 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
U.S. officials are expressing fear that appointments to several top Mexican police posts, including that of a fugitive from the United States, signal a lack of commitment by new President Carlos Salinas de Gortari to crack down on narcotics trafficking and improve law enforcement. Salinas, who took office Dec. 1, has called drug trafficking a national security problem and told visiting U.S. congressmen last month that its eradication is a priority.
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May 29, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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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January 12, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Mexican police officer has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison in the strangling death of a North Hollywood man in a Rosarito jail, a rare victory for human rights activists who contend that Mexican police mistreat foreign tourists with impunity. It also was a ringing triumph for the dead man's brother, who mounted a home-grown protest that dragged both a U.S. congressman and the president of Mexico into the case on his behalf. "This decision . . .
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January 12, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Mexican police officer has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison for the strangling death of a North Hollywood man in a Rosarito jail, a rare victory for human rights activists who contend that Mexican police mistreat foreign tourists with impunity. It was also a ringing triumph for the victim's brother, who mounted a home-grown protest that dragged a U.S. congressman and the president of Mexico into the case on his behalf. "This decision . . .
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