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.
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.
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.
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October 12, 1993 |
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 |
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 . . .
January 7, 1989 |
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.