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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mexico police charged with using death squad tactics on drug suspects

Posted by DD Republished from The Guardian

Veracruz police picked up youths and turned them over to specialized interrogation and torture squads, according to indictment
Veracruz state police stand at roadblock along the highway leaving Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, on 2 July 2017. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP
Police in Mexico’s corruption-plagued state of Veracruz set up units that used death squad-style tactics to abduct, kill and dispose of at least 15 people who they suspected of being drug cartel informers and drug runners, according to charges filed by state prosecutors.

The allegations filed against the former top police commanders in Veracruz show all the signs of the human rights abuses of Mexico’s notorious anti-guerrilla counterinsurgency campaigns of the 1960s and 70s.
Police in marked patrol cars picked up youths but never recorded their arrests. Instead they turned them over to specialized interrogation and torture squads working at the police academy itself, according to the indictment, and they were later killed and their bodies disposed of.

While individual groups of corrupt cops have been known to turn youths over to drug cartels in several areas of Mexico, the Veracruz state case is notable for the rank of those accused: the former head of state security and the leaders of at least two police divisions have been charged, suggesting that the disappearances were state policy under the former governor Javier Duarte, who is in jail facing corruption charges.

“This is the first time they have charged people in significant numbers and of significant rank and demonstrated that there was an organized, structured governmental apparatus that had an agreed-on, systemic method to carry out a policy of disappearing people,” said Juan Carlos Gutiérrez, a lawyer who specializes in human rights cases.

“The groundbreaking thing is that prosecutors built a case by demonstrating there was a whole governmental structure that was designed to disappear people,” he said.

Mexico’s military and federal police were widely accused of systematic, state-sponsored torture and 
disappearances as they pursued leftist rebels in the mountainous southern state of Guerrero in the 1960s and 1970s.
In contrast the disappearances in Veracruz between 2013 and 2014 were urban and brazen: in one case, a highway policewoman referred to in court records as Jaqueline was tortured after being detained while riding in a taxi after finishing her shift, according to the charges.

Police accused the driver of carrying a small amount of cocaine.

But neither the taxi driver nor Jaqueline, his passenger, were ever formally booked, arraigned or brought before a judge.

In court testimony, Jaqueline recounted a chilling procedure similar to those allegedly used in other cases: she and the driver were forced to get out of the taxi.

The officers who detained them then turned them over to the police “rapid reaction” squad – also known as los fieles or “the loyal ones” – who took them to a police academy where they said they were tortured and beaten.

After four days, Jaqueline was released, apparently because her captors realized she really was a police officer. But the taxi driver was never heard from again.

According to documents read in court, it was a pattern repeated in at least 14 other cases. The victims were mostly young men pulled from streets, roadsides or vehicles, on suspicion they were acting as lookouts for the Zetas drug cartel.

They were apparently picked up if an initial police inspection turned up suspicious messages on their cellphones.
After that, they were allegedly taken to the police academy, and from there they disappeared without a trace.

Nineteen current or former Veracruz state police officials and officers are now on trial facing charges of “forced disappearance”, including the state’s former public safety secretary – in effect the top police commander – and his directors of special forces, prisons and state police.

The victims included two women and two minors

The episode has drawn comparisons with the 1970s military counterinsurgency campaigns in Latin America, when detentions led to clandestine torture cells on military bases, and then unmarked graves.
Hundreds of unmarked graves have been found in Veracruz, but only a few of the bodies have been identified.


  1. Plomo a Todo a maliante al demonio derechos humanos ellos solo estan para apoyar a los bandidos pero no a las victimas de estas ratas no mas arrestos no mas juicios plomo plomo plomo

    1. 12:13 you can not sink to the level of the maliantes, that where javier duarte de ochoa and his state of veracruz SSP arturo bermudez zurita started collecting their juice, taxes, piso, plasa, kickbacks and instructions to persecute enemies and innocents to make their quota.
      --the police academy was used the way the school of mechanics of the argentinian armada was used, and admiral emilio eduardo massera made billions torturing and disappearing thousands of argentinians to make coin while trying to save argentina from his own communist Montoneros that also paid him millions of dollars, a lot of putas and vedettes wellbeing depended on junta member massera.
      --mexican commissioner of counseling youths against drugs manuel mondragon y kalb became an expert on rapid reaction teams when he was a member of the mexican navy after he was hired as a doctor, he had been fired for being as striking doctor of ISSSTE in the 60s. but he rose in mexican politics for training death squads in levantones and quick mass murders and disappearances, 43 ayotzinapos may figger in his gun notches too...
      -- finally BB is catching up with some real mexican government death squads, congratulations!!!

  2. Those journalists from Veracruz were right all along about Duarte.Looks like Mencho compensated all well to pick up the Zeta's halcones.

    1. 3:23 yeah, the veracruz police delivered carcasses for la mencha, but if they were no zetas because the zetas were current with their payments and the cjng didn't do it, then it is all on the governor la marrana duarte and his SSPEV bermudez zurita

  3. Oh, boo hoo! Where are the charges and arrests of the corrupt judges who take bribes and let cartel animals go.

    1. 3:29 this is about the government's police death squads, veracruz edition.
      but you can forward your encyclopedia of corrupt mexican judges for another report, embesil,

    2. 8:34 Exactly . Sounds like he is justifying them because of other corruption . See this everyday .

  4. Well cops are considered part of the get along gang

  5. violins for those poor drug dealers

  6. Should be getting commendation for ridding humanity of parasites.

  7. Wow. Something like that of Peru’s death squad era of Fujimori.
    Appalling and bold to think something like this can transpire in this time and era. Then again, I must correct myself. Parts of many countries are experiencing these atrocities today with little or no help from many (Syria, Iraq ).

  8. A dead dog can't give you rabbies

  9. I guess the Italian govt put pressure on Mexico.
    Those zeta kids are vicious!



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