CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) – A dozen state police have been arrested for killing 19 individuals, together with Guatemalan migrants, whose our bodies had been discovered slaughtered close to the US border in late January, authorities stated on Tuesday Mexican.
Tamaulipas State Legal professional Basic Irving Barrios Mojica stated the 12 officers had been in custody and going through fees of manslaughter, abuse of energy and misrepresentation.
The murders have rekindled reminiscences of the grotesque bloodbath of 72 migrants in 2010 close to the city of San Fernando in the identical gang-ravaged state. However these murders had been dedicated by a drug cartel, whereas it’s doubtless that many individuals will discover it extra stunning that the January 22 murders had been dedicated by regulation enforcement.
“Within the aforementioned acts of January 22, at the very least 12 state cops participated,” Barrios Mojica stated.
The lawyer basic didn’t specify the motives of the police, though corrupt native and state police in Mexico are sometimes within the pay of drug cartels.
Cartels in Mexico typically accuse migrant smugglers of crossing their territory and kidnap or kill migrants whose smugglers haven’t paid or paid a rival gang.
The our bodies had been discovered crammed right into a charred van in Camargo, throughout the Rio Grande from Texas, in an space bloodied for years by turf battles between the remnants of the Gulf Cartel and the previous Zetas Cartel.
Authorities stated 4 of the lifeless have been recognized thus far – two Guatemalans and two Mexicans. Their names weren’t disclosed by authorities, however family of one of many deceased Mexicans stated he labored as an immigrant trafficker.
Of the 19 our bodies examined by specialists, 16 turned out to be male, one was confirmed to be feminine and the opposite two had been so badly burned that their gender had not but been decided.
The forensic findings confirmed the fears of households in a rural indigenous farming group in Guatemala who stated they’d misplaced contact with 13 migrants on their method to the USA.
The truck carrying the our bodies sustained 113 bullet holes, however authorities had been puzzled that just about no worn shell casings had been discovered on the scene.
Initially, this led investigators to invest that the shootings could have taken place elsewhere and that the truck had traveled to the place it had been set on hearth.
However Barrios Mojica stated state cops accused within the murders knew their shell casing may give them away, so doubtless picked them up.
“There’s a rising pressure behind the idea that the crime scene has been altered, because of the lack of envelopes,” he stated.
Describing the hours main as much as the killings, Barrios Mojica stated the truck carrying the victims was apparently half of a bigger convoy of automobiles carrying migrants from Guatemala and El Salvador to smuggle them throughout the US border. He stated the vans additionally carried armed males for his or her safety.
Barrios Mojica didn’t rule out that the explanation for the killings may have been a dispute between drug gangs, who’re combating over territory and the proper to accuse the smugglers of migrants for crossing “their” territory.
The bloodbath is the final chapter within the historical past of police corruption in Tamaulipas. Most cities within the state noticed their municipal police forces disbanded years in the past, as a result of the officers had been typically within the pay of the cartels. Extra skilled state police had been purported to be the reply, a perception that collapsed with the arrests introduced on Tuesday.
The repeat of the 2010 bloodbath has lengthy been one of many Mexican authorities’s worst nightmares.
In August 2010, members of the Zetas cartel arrested two semi-trailers carrying dozens of migrants, largely from Central America, and took them to a ranch within the city of Tamaulipas in San Fernando. After the migrants refused to work for the cartel, they had been blindfolded, tied to the bottom and shot.
In 2019, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated: “We do not need horrible and regrettable acts like San Fernando to occur once more”.
Kinfolk of migrants within the Guatemalan province of San Marcos are so satisfied that 13 of the 19 charred corpses had been family members that some households have already erected conventional altars to the lifeless, with flowers and images.
Some family in Guatemala stated they acquired calls from the migrant smuggler who took the group of 10 males and three girls north, telling them that their members of the family had been lifeless. Kinfolk stated they misplaced contact with the environment round January 21.
Initially revealed February 3, 2021, 7:48 AM