COPS ‘EX­E­CUTE’ 22 GANG MEM­BERS IN DRUG RAID’

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dur­ing the op­er­a­tion at a ranch in the western state of Mi­choa­can in May 2015.

It de­scribed them as be­ing “ex­e­cuted ar­bi­trar­ily”.

The re­port al­leged po­lice planted guns on some sus­pects and moved some bod­ies to bol­ster the of­fi­cial ver­sion that all the deaths oc­curred dur­ing a gun­fight.

In all, 42 civil­ians and one fed­eral po­lice of­fi­cer were killed.

Mr Galindo and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Com­mis­sioner Re­nato Sales said they ac­cepted the com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tions, but de­nied that po­lice ex­e­cuted any­one.

They said the fed­eral of­fi­cers used nec­es­sary force against heav­ily armed crim­i­nals.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, fed­eral po­lice had said they came un­der gun­fire from pas­sen­gers of a truck be­fore be­ing led in a chase to the ranch in Tan­hu­ato, near the bor­der with Jalisco state.

But the com­mis­sion’s re­port said the gov­ern­ment did not pro­duce ev­i­dence to sup­port that ac­count.

And it said wit­ness state­ments sug­gested 41 fed­eral po­lice of­fi­cers had sneaked onto the ranch as early as 6am.

Of­fi­cers started their as­sault at least an hour ear­lier than they AC­TION: Pres­i­dent Ni­eto main­tained in re­port­ing on the in­ci­dent, the com­mis­sion said.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion’s re­port, af­ter the fed­eral po­lice of­fi­cer was shot, po­lice called for back-up, and 54 more of­fi­cers ar­rived along with a he­li­copter.

“I think his po­si­tion was un­sus­tain­able af­ter the CNDH re­port on Tan­hu­ato,” Mex­ico Ci­ty­based se­cu­rity an­a­lyst Ale­jan­dro Hope said of Mr Galindo.

“It was just a matter of time. There were too many con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing him.”

The fed­eral po­lice have also been crit­i­cised for a June clash in south­ern state Oax­aca, in which of­fi­cers fired on protest­ing teach­ers and their al­lies in the town of Nochixt­lan.

Eight civil­ians died, seven of them from gun­shot wounds.

Mr Galindo will be re­placed by Manelich Castilla Craviotto, who had been in charge of the fed­eral po­lice’s gen­darmes force.

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