Former top police official in Mexico is arrested for torture


Source: NBC News

Mexico said Monday it has arrested a former leading police official on charges of torture from nearly a decade ago. Former Federal Police commander Luis Cárdenas Palomino was considered the right-hand man of former security secretary Genaro García Luna. García Luna is now being held on drug trafficking charges in the United States.

U.S. prosecutors have also accused Cárdenas Palomino of accepting millions in bribes from the Sinaloa cartel, once run by imprisoned drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. It was not clear if Mexico would consider extraditing Cárdenas Palomino.


Mexico Is Now Investigating the Role of Federal Police in the Disappearance of 43 Students

09/14/16 Times


Mexico has expanded its probe into the 2014 disappearance — and suspected killing — of 43 students in the southern city of Iguala, with new developments indicating the possible involvement of national and state-level law enforcement.

A special federal prosecutor handling the investigation said he recently received 100 declarations from 19 federal and 39 state police personnel in the Mexican province of Guerrero, Reuters reports. The prosecutor, Alfredo Higuera, said declarations had been made by “individuals from all forces.”

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Mexico Police Chief’s Firing a Rare Response to Excessive Force

08/30/16 InSight Crime 

PenaNietoMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has fired the country’s Federal Police chief following a damning report by Mexico‘s top human rights agency which found the force responsible for the extrajudicial killing of at least 22 individuals.

Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong announced on August 29 that Enrique Galindo has been discharged as commissioner of Mexico‘s Federal Police, reported the New York Times. The interior minister said Galindo was removed in order to facilitate a transparent investigation into “recent events,” reported El Universal.

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Mexico’s Police Commissioner, Enrique Galindo, Is Fired

08/29/2016 The New York Times

Mexican Flag XXLMEXICO CITY — President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico fired the commissioner of the country’s federal police force on Monday in response to a recent report that the police had summarily killed at least 22 suspects in a raid last year on a drug gang hide-out.

The government has argued that the killings, at a remote farm in western Mexico, occurred during a fierce battle between federal police officers and heavily armed drug gang members, but the dismissal of the commissioner, Enrique Galindo, signaled that it would no longer defend that version of what happened.

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Mexico federal police chief Galindo fired over Michoacan ranch killings

08/30/16 BBC News

Enrique_Galindo_Ceballos.jpgMexico’s federal police chief, Enrique Galindo, has been sacked following allegations police killed at least 22 suspected members of a drugs cartel.

The killings are thought to have taken place last year on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan last year.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said he had dismissed Mr Galindo to allow for a transparent investigation.

Earlier this month Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission accused police of tampering with evidence.

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Mexican police accused of cover-up after killing 22 cartel suspects

08/19/16 The Guardian

policemanMexico’s federal police killed 22 people on a ranch in the western state of Michoacán last year then moved the bodies and planted guns to corroborate the official account that the deaths happened in a gun battle, the country’s human rights commission has alleged.

One police officer was killed in the confrontation on 22 May 2015. The government has said the dead were drug cartel suspects who were hiding out on the ranch in Tanhuato, near the border with Jalisco state.

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Arrest made in ambush that killed 5 Mexican federal police

9/1/15 Yahoo News

jaliscoAuthorities have captured the “intellectual author” of an ambush that killed five federal police officers in March, Mexico’s national security commissioner said Tuesday.

Renato Sales Heredia announced that federal authorities arrested 27-year-old Javier Guerrero Covarrubias, the chief of gunmen for a drug cartel he did not name. Officials previously blamed the Jalisco New Generation cartel for the March 19 attack that left 10 dead in Ocotlan, Jalisco.

That attack was followed by another ambush that killed 15 state police officers and a rocket-propelled grenade attack that downed an army helicopter killing 10.

When federal police attacked a ranch where the gang allegedly was hiding out in May, 43 were killed.

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Mexico Federal Police Take Over Security in 13 Municipalities

10/20/14 Bloomberg

federal police mexicoMexico’s federal police took over security in 13 towns after investigators uncovered alleged links between local police and organized crime, a security official said. Authorities were investigating the disappearance last month of 43 students from the town of Iguala in the southern state of Guerrero when they made the discovery, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said at a news conference yesterday. Twelve of the towns are in Guerrero, where authorities are looking for the teaching students who disappeared last month from the town of Iguala, 120 miles (193 kilometers) south of Mexico City, after clashes with local law enforcement left six people dead. Gang members acting in tandem with local police killed 17 of the students, state prosecutor Inaky Blanco said on Oct. 6.

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Mexico loses second security official in 2 months

federal police mexicoLos Angeles Times, 03/19/14

The government of Enrique Peña Nieto has lost its second senior security official in as many months, underscoring concern about rising crime and how effective the administration’s policing policies are. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong on Tuesday formally announced the resignation of Manuel Mondragon y Kalb, national security commissioner, whom he praised for his work to improve intelligence and fight corruption.
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Mexico appoints new chief of federal police

Latitudes Press.The Washington Post, 03/19//14

The Mexican government has chosen the man who runs its national security council to be the new chief of federal police two days after the previous official resigned. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Tuesday that Monte Alejandro Rubido is replacing Manuel Mondragon as the head of the National Security Commission. Senators must still approve the appointment.