Mexico’s Police Commissioner has been dismissed following damning allegations of abuse by security forces.
A police officer and 42 civilians were killed in a raid on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan in May, 2015. In August, 2016, Mexico’s national human rights commission found at least 22 were “executed arbitrarily.”
The Secretary to Mexico’s Interior Ministry, Miguel Osorio Chong, confirmed the decision.
“In light of recent events and on the instructions of the president, Police Commissioner Enrique Galindo has been removed from his position. That is with the objective of helping the corresponding authorities carry out a flexible and transparent investigation in full view of Mexican citizens,” he said.
The 22 were suspected of being drug cartel members who, police say, died in a gun battle. However, the report alleges officers planted guns on some suspects and moved bodies to corroborate their story.
Mexican authorities have long been implicated in abuses since a drug war began in 2006.
Galindo denies the police executed anyone.