Chiapas: Police kill a man in the Reforma municipality

Silvia Domínguez muestra una foto del cuerpo de su hermano asesinado

Photo: @ Proceso
Silvia Domínguez shows a photo of the body of her murdered brother

On 11 April 2012, Gabriel  Domínguez Escobedo, 33 years of age, was violently removed from his home in the city of Reforma, in northern Chiapas, without arrest order or other judicial authorization to search his home, such that he would subsequently die due to the beatings he received.

The happenings began when the police followed two identified subjects, arriving at the house located on the 16 September street at the corner of Aldama Street, says Silvia Domínguez, sister of the victim.  She claims that the police began to fire upon her brother who was located on the roof of the home.  The police abandoned Domínguez Escobedo, attempting to tell the family that he had died of natural causes: “According to Ms. Silva, the doctor who attended to her brother told him that he had two broken ribs and a punctured lung and liver, and that that might have caused him to die; furthermore, upon examining the corpse there were seen beatings by boots on the back and chest, as well as excoriations on the arms, in addition to dogbites from the police used to cause him to submit moments before arresting him.”

For his part, the director of the Municipal Police said that he was unaware of the events, given that he was on his day off.  He knows only that the subdirector was taken together with the police to declare to Pichucalco, Chiapas, where they find themselves under police custody.

For more information (in Spanish):

Investigan a policías en Chiapas por tortura y muerte de un hombre, Proceso, 15 de abril de 2012

Policías matan a civil, noticia.mx, 17 de abril de 2012

Matan a ciudadano policías de Reforma, Tabasco Hoy, 13 de abril de 2012

Muere tras ser confundido por policías en Chiapas, El Universal, 15 de abril de 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Torture in the case of David Potenciano is denounced, as are acts of vigilance against relatives (21 December 2011)

The OMCT condemns torture in Chiapas (18 August 2011)

Mexico: human-rights organizations affirm that “human rights are NOT an existing reality in the country” (3 March 2012)

Mexico: “Neither security nor rights: executions and torture in the war on drug-trafficking in Mexico” (26 November 2011)

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