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Mexico to Punish Officers Who Fired on U.S. Agents

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 |

The police officers who fired on a U.S. Embassy SUV and wounded two officials from that country will be punished “upon confirmation of the excessive use of force,” the Mexican Public Safety Secretariat said.

“Upon confirmation of the excessive use of force, lack of following operational protocols and complicity in crime in the conduct of public servants, the Federal Police is the first to be interested in punishment in accord with the law,” the secretariat said in a statement.

On Friday, Aug. 24, two U.S. Embassy officials, both of them security experts, were wounded when they were fired upon by Mexican Federal Police as they were traveling in an armored vehicle with diplomatic plates along a road in the central state of Morelos.

The incident occurred along the stretch of road at Tres Marias Huitzilas, just outside the Federal District.

The people responsible for firing on the vehicle were federal law enforcement agents who were investigating the kidnapping of a federal official, the secretariat said.

The U.S. Embassy initially said that the attack had been “an ambush.”

A judge ordered the preventive arrest of the 12 police officers involved on “abuse of authority” and other charges, while the investigation was conducted.

The Federal Police cooperated with the investigation by prosecutors and placed at their disposal the information that is contributing to ascertaining each officer’s responsibilities in the incident, the secretariat said.

“The Federal Police will undertake with determination the necessary corrective actions so that these regrettable events do not occur again,” the secretariat said.

These type of activities and attitudes, which are “contrary to the spirit of the corps and honorability that govern the daily activities of the Federal Police, have not been and will not be tolerated,” the secretariat said.

Officials have maintained ongoing communication with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and with the Attorney General’s Office “with the objective of establishing a close collaboration that will facilitate the full clarification of the facts,” the Public Safety Secretariat said.

Neither the U.S. or Mexican government has provided any details about the wounded Americans, but The New York Times reported that both men are CIA officers. Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales also said that the two men had left the country after being wounded and without giving statements to investigators.

The Americans and a Mexican navy official were traveling in a Toyota SUV on a stretch of unpaved road en route to a navy installation at El Capulin mountain when they encountered “a vehicle whose occupants brandished guns,” the statement said.

The driver of the Toyota “maneuvered to get away and re-enter the highway, the moment in which the occupants of the aggressor vehicle opened fire on the diplomatic vehicle.”

Soon, according to the statement, “three other vehicles joined the pursuit and fired gunshots at the U.S. Embassy vehicle.”

Source: EFE

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22 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

i dnt see a crime being comitted by the federal officers

Anonymous said...

They're being punished for firing on Americans. It's OK for them to fire on Mexicans.

Anonymous said...

Firing at a vehicle with diplomatic plates would be considered a crime.

Anonymous said...

It was an ambush,but not specifically an ambush for the U.S. agents..there is no way of proving that,except when the police-fed had walked up to the Toyota initially...how could he of not noticed americans?

Anonymous said...

@11:14 No crime, just bad police behavior...this is from the first sentence in the article... will be punished “upon confirmation of the excessive use of force,”

Apparently, because you see people chasing and shooting at a car doesn't mean everyone should join in on the chase and shooting. How dumb are these officers anyway?

Anonymous said...

As far as I know, infiltrators deserve more than being shot...

Anonymous said...

"i dnt see a crime being comitted by the federal officers"

Of course you didn't.

Anonymous said...

The federal police will be pena nietos new sicarios

Slow POKEY said...

We may not ever get to the truth on this case, and we may be better off not knowing certain facts about this case. I'm sure we can count on the New York Times to revel any sensitive information concerning this case that may benefit the bad guys.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the CIA vehicle ever fired a shot at the pursuing vehicles and yet the federal officers didn't just pursue... they were shooting to kill. That's excessive force and a crime. But what is even more interesting is the fact you have " security CIA agents," driving in a cartel hotbed with no security of their own? No soldiers to protect them, no guns, and just a armored suv... not to mention it had diplomatic plates.... they might as well have been driving around with a billboard on top of the suv that says " lonely CIA agents inside." Lol unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

You won't hear anymore about this from the Mexican government. They're going to bury it.

The facts are that a large group of PF in civilian clothes, driving civilian cars, armed with AK-47s (not the official PF rifle) attacked a car with Mexican diplomatic plates and tried to kill the occupants. The PF knew they were coming, were waiting for them. How did they know?

The PF shooters were not apprehended at the scene. They left, changed into their PF uniforms and then reported to their HQ where they were arrested.

Short answer - trust no one in Mexico.

FRQ said...

What's the story behind the military patrol at the gasoline station? That's what I want to know.

Anonymous said...

REALLY?!?! We're suppose to believe that they didn't notice that this vehicle had diplomatic plates before they opened fire. Not only that, they were investigating the kidnapping of a government official. Did it not occur to these officers that the victim might be in the vehicle. Either these officers are just that incompetent or they were rotten apples in the barrel.

Anonymous said...

And what about the three other vehicles? It wasn't just the federal police, no mention of the other 3 vehicles that joined the pursuit.

Anonymous said...

If they would have shot at your family , would you think the same way???

Anonymous said...

Actually, its the opposite.

Anonymous said...

MEXICO=FAIL

Anonymous said...

Who is backing enrique pena?? ,,,new MX president

Anonymous said...

El gobierno se la chupa al ke le pague mas balen mierda todos invulucrados en esas mamadas se ban a pudrir todos .son pura mierda todos .nomas tan gastando oxygeno

Anonymous said...

@6:15 They're not dumb. They were following cartel orders. The PF that joined in the chase later were also waiting/looking for the SUV. All the Pf armed with AK47s were out to get the SUV.

Anonymous said...

Now news has come out there were 3 CIA agents in the vehicle besides the Marine officer...WTF?

Anonymous said...

don't be naive. clearly this was cartel messaging USA.

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