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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Municipal Murders Highlight Local Corruption in Mexico

08/02/16 InSight Crime 

A mayor and four municipal police officers were arrested for the grisly murder of 10 people in Mexico‘s turbulent state of Michoacán, an event that could prompt debate over the slow implementation of the country’s principal police reform program.

Michoacán Attorney General José Martín Godoy Castro said four police officers forced a group of people at a grocery store in the town of Cuitzeo into a pickup truck on July 29, reported AFP. The next day, 10 incinerated bodies were found in the burned out truck. Citing unidentified witnesses, Godoy Castro said the officers had abducted the individuals on orders from Juan Carlos Arreygue, mayor of the municipality of Álvaro Obregón.

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Local Mexico mayor, policeman arrested over alleged murder of 10

08/01/16 Business Insider 

michoacanenglishMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A local mayor and a police officer were among those arrested on Monday for their alleged involvement in the murder of 10 people in western Mexico, state prosecutors said.

Early investigations show police picked up a group of people at a store in the state of Michoacan and forced them to get into a red truck on the orders of local mayor Juan Carlos Arreygue, state prosecutor Jose Martin Godoy told a news conference.

The next day their bodies were found dead and burned. The death toll rose to 10, from nine on Saturday.

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Five families massacred in two weeks as Mexico’s murder rate surges

07/25/16 Vice News

Grave photo credit Kelly DonlanThe recent murder of a couple and their three children in the western crime-plagued Mexican state of Michoacán took the number of families massacred in Mexico in the past two weeks to five.

It came after two families were slain on the other side of the country, in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas. Gunmen stormed a family home and killed 11 people, including four young girls. In another attack, hitmen murdered two women and three children, also in their home.

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Number of Zika cases rises to 93 in Mexico

2/23/16 Fox Latino

Zika virusThe number of registered cases of the Zika virus in Mexico has risen to 93, with 13 new cases diagnosed since last week, the Health Secretariat said.

Nine new cases were reported in the southeastern state of Chiapas, two in the southern state of Oaxaca, one in the southern state of Guerrero and one in the western state of Michoacan, Deputy Health Secretary Pablo Kuri said.

The focus should be on preventing the disease’s spread as the warm months approach by attacking the breeding grounds of the mosquitoes that carry the illness, Kuri said.

The Zika virus, which is mainly transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, joint pain and rashes.

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Army fires on Michoacán protesters, 12-year-old killed

7/21/15 El Daily Post

michoacanenglishAnother burst of violence involving military troops on Sunday claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy, yet another sad chapter in the Army’s growing list of bloody confrontations with civilians. A 6-year-old girl was among the four other victims of the shoot-out who were treated at a nearby hospital.

The incident occurred in the rural village of Ixtapilla near Michoacán’s Pacific Coast in the municipality of Aquila. The villagers had organized a protest after hearing of the arrest of regional community defense leader Semeí Verdía Zepeda by the Army while he ate breakfast at another pueblo nearby.

As soon as word of his arrest reached Ixtapilla, his supporters set up road blocks on the coastal highway hoping to prevent the Army from taking Verdía Zepeda to prison. Some media reported that several soldiers had been stopped and taken hostage, effectively, and then taken to Ixtapilla.

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Mexico set to free founder of Michoacan vigilante movement

7/3/15 Yahoo news

michoacanenglishMexican authorities say they are near to freeing Jose Manuel Mireles, a founder of the self-defense movement that rose up to fight an entrenched drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan.

The Attorney General’s office says it is withdrawing an appeal to a petition filed by Mireles’ lawyer to free him, essentially allowing his release.

Mireles, who became the face of the vigilante movement, has been held for a year after being arrested in an armored vehicle carrying weapons and drugs. His arrest came around the time that he refused to cooperate with the federal government’s conversion of self-defense groups to rural police.

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