Guerrero: The Civil Monitor documents 117 cases of police abuse

December 3, 2008

The Civil Monitor of the Police and Public Security Forces of the Mountains of Guerrero offices in Tlapa de Comonfort [Source: Insyde]

The Civil Monitor of the Police and Public Security Forces of the Mountains of Guerrero has documented 117 cases of police abuse since the beginning of November 2007.

The Civil Monitor was created by the Institute for Security and Democracy (Insyde), Fundar- Center of Analysis and Investigation, and Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña (CDHM Tlachinollan) in order to promote the idea that the purpose of the police should be “attention to needs of citizens, respect for the law, respect for human rights, and transparency”.

In its press release, the CDHM Tlachinollan stated that the principal issues that the Civil Monitor has received are related to various agencies within the Municipal Preventative Police and the Police Ministry of Investigation (PIM).

The complaints vary between excessive fines, arbitrary detentions, excessive use of force, raids on houses, and misuse of arrest warrants among others. The violation that appears most frequently was arbitrary detention of persons. This means that the individual was detained “without evidence of a crime, lack of administration or an arrest warrant”.

The second most frequent violation was excessive fines. The communiqué from CDHM Tlachinollan stated that “Management of Public Security of the ayuntamiento (local government) in the region are seen as sources of income for the local municipal administration and because of this they demand excessive fees for finable offenses.

They also stated that 16% of the complaints were presented by members of the police in cases of labor rights violations.

According to the communiqué of November 24, “Historically the police institutions were created to protect the political interests of the elected politicians, nevertheless, today we need to create a new concept of citizen security as the model of behavior for local authorities because their work should be oriented toward attending to the needs of the citizens”.

For More Information (In Spanish):

A un año de creación Monitor Civil documenta 117 casos de abuso policiaco (CDHM Tlachinollan, 26/11/08)

Derechos Humanos y Seguridad Ciudadana: Monitor Civil de la Policia en la Montaña de Guerrero (Fundar)