Immigrant dies at hands of police officers in Mexican resort town

Near the scene of the killings in Celaya, Mexico, on Thursday night.Credit...EPA, via Shutterstock
Credit...EPA, via Shutterstock

dpa/GNA – An immigrant from El Salvador has died at the hands of four police officers on Mexico’s Caribbean coast in an action reminiscent of the death of George Floyd in the United States last year.

The 36-year-old immigrant from El Salvador died in the resort town of Tulum on the Yucatan peninsula after officers tied her hands together and one pinned her down, according to local media reports.

In video footage that has been circulating on social media, a female police officer is seen kneeling on the woman’s back at one point. Her lifeless body is later seen on the back of a pick-up truck.

The four officers involved used disproportionate force when the woman was detained and they were arrested on suspicion of femicide, or gender-based killing, the state prosecutor of Quintana Roo state said on Monday.

An autopsy indicated that a fracture of two cervical vertebrae caused the woman’s death. The reasons behind her arrest were initially unclear. The city’s police chief has been sacked.

“She was treated brutally and killed,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said of the woman who died in Tulum.

His counterpart in El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, called for those responsible to be severely punished.

Around a tenth of the almost 100 murder victims recorded each day in Mexico are women. Cases of excessive use of force by security forces are also not uncommon.

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