5/11/2016 InSight Crime
Images of Mexican authorities humiliating suspected cartel members have been circulated on social media and picked up by some US media sites to the apparent delight of right-leaning press and violence-addled citizen journalists.
As reported by Breitbart News, the videos and photographsof Mexican arrestees being subjected to embarrassing and abusive treatment include male suspects forced to wear women’s underwear and a female suspect with a plastic bag over her head.
According to the reports, the incidents are largely the work of a single marine commander, whom they identify as Erick Morales Guevara. In 2015 Morales Guevara was deployed in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, first in the border city of Reynosa and later in the beach town of Tampico. In both towns, he and his subordinates took aim at local leadership of theGulf Cartel, and in turn inspired significant rancor from the organization.
Following allegations of corruption, he moved on to Michoacán, where he currently is deployed.