Mexico’s government on Monday dismissed the head of federal police, Enrique Galindo, after a recent report that detailed grave human rights abuses by officers serving under him.
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Earlier in August, an investigation by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission concluded that some 22 suspected drug gang members were “arbitrarily executed” in a confrontation with federal police in western Mexico in May 2015.
Galindo was removed from his post at the behest of President Enrique Pena Nieto to help facilitate a fast and transparent investigation of the case, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told a news conference.
In the bloody encounter last year, federal police ambushed suspected members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) holed up at a ranch near the small town of Tanhuato in the violent western state of Michoacan, killing 42.
Just one police officer died in the fight.
(Reporting by Anahi Rama; Writing by Christine Murray; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)