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Outrage grows over police custody dying in Mexico

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Victoria Esperanza Salazar set free a scream Saturday afternoon as a feminine police officer knelt on her again to cuff her fingers behind her. Salazar was face down on the road and barefoot. Her ft flailed. A pair folks handed slowly by on a bicycle. There have been meals stands just a few yards away.

Clips of video cobbled collectively give no sense of how a lot time elapsed. Then three different officers are seen standing round her immobile physique nonetheless facedown, chatting casually. Later, three officers carry her nonetheless handcuffed physique into the again of a police pickup truck and drive away.

Video circulating on social media doesn’t present occasions earlier than Salazar was face down on the road with the officer on high of her.

An post-mortem concluded that Salazar died from a damaged neck. The examination discovered, “a fracture of a part of the higher spinal column produced by the rupture of the primary and second vertebra which brought about the lack of the sufferer,” Quintana Roo State Prosecutor Oscar Montes de Oca mentioned in a video.

The accidents have been “suitable y coincide with submission maneuvers utilized to the sufferer throughout her detention” and reveal a “disproportionate” use of drive. He mentioned his workplace was getting ready femicide costs towards the 4 cops.

Salazar had been residing in Mexico for some years on a “humanitarian visa,” El Salvador President Nayib Bukele mentioned. “She was brutally murdered by Tulum cops in Quintana Roo, Mexico,” the president wrote. He mentioned the federal government would assist Salazar’s two daughters.

“I see hundreds of outraged Mexicans, demanding justice for our compatriot,” Bukele mentioned. “They’re as outraged as we’re. Allow us to not overlook that it was not the Mexican individuals who dedicated this crime, however moderately some criminals within the Tulum police.”

López Obrador swore Monday that these accountable could be punished.

“She was brutally handled and murdered,” López Obrador mentioned. “It’s an occasion that fills us with ache and disgrace.”

On Monday, a small potted plant and a pair candles sat outdoors the comfort retailer the place Salazar was killed. Somebody wrote “Right here they killed Victoria” in giant purple letters on the pavement.

Salazar left Sonsonate, about an hour west of San Salvador, 5 years in the past to search for higher alternatives and escape the realm’s avenue violence, mentioned her mom Rosibel Emerita Arriaza. She was a single mom of two daughters.

She left her daughters together with her household and made her technique to Mexico. Within the southern Mexico metropolis of Tapachula, close to the Guatemala border, Salazar requested and acquired refugee standing. Mexico’s Nationwide Immigration Institute confirmed that Monday.

As soon as she had authorized standing she moved to the seashore resort city of Tulum on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. A extra relaxed different to Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Tulum had drawn crowds and was battling fast development. Salazar discovered work cleansing in resorts and introduced her daughters, ages 16 and 15, to be together with her.

On Monday, Arriaza was working with Salvadoran authorities on getting her daughter’s physique repatriated. She additionally deliberate to journey to Mexico to be reunited together with her granddaughters

“I would like justice for my daughter, as a result of it isn’t truthful what they did to her,” Arriaza mentioned. “She was a girl who wasn’t armed, only for being a girl and I don’t know what occurred.”

Following the post-mortem outcomes, Quintana Roo state safety chief Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez mentioned that along with the 4 cops concerned within the occasions, Tulum’s police chief was additionally fired Monday.

He known as the video of the killing “shameful and conclusive.”

Tulum Mayor Victor Mas Tah mentioned “I perceive and share the outrage and ache of all of society.” He mentioned the previous cops could be jailed within the coming hours.

Manuel Barradas, proprietor of a small comfort retailer, mentioned Salazar appeared “off” to him so when she approached his retailer he barred her entry. Authorities made no point out of Salazar being below the affect of something in discussing the post-mortem. Police detained her a short while later.

Protest marches have been scheduled for later Monday in Tulum, Mexico Metropolis and San Salvador.

The scenes have been paying homage to the dying of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020. Floyd was declared useless after a white police officer pressed his knee towards the Black man’s neck for about 9 minutes, holding his place even after Floyd went limp.

Floyd’s dying was captured on broadly seen bystander video and sparked generally violent protests in Minneapolis and past, resulting in a nationwide depending on race. The trial for that officer started Monday in Minneapolis.

The Quintana Roo prosecutor’s workplace mentioned 4 Tulum cops — three males and one girl — have been below investigation for his or her possible involvement within the Saturday night incident. They mentioned fingerprints and forensic proof have been being examined within the case.

“There might be no impunity for individuals who participated within the dying of the sufferer, and all of the drive of the regulation might be dropped at bear to deliver these accountable to trial,” the workplace mentioned in a press release.

The girl’s dying appeared more likely to ignite tensions in Quintana Roo, the place police used stay ammunition to thrust back a throng of about 100 demonstrators in Cancun in November.

The protesters have been demonstrating towards the killings of ladies and a few smashed home windows and burned paperwork outdoors the town corridor, whereas others tried to tear down a plywood barrier at an entrance.

Police fired into the air, however folks have been injured when protesters rushed to flee because the photographs rang out. The state’s governor condemned using drive and the state police chief was compelled out.

Aleman reported from San Salvador, El Salvador. AP videojournalist Dan Christian Rojas in Tulum contributed to this report.

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