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Wed Nov 25, 2015, 06:16 PM

Mexican rights agency: police excessive force in 5 deaths

Mexican rights agency: police excessive force in 5 deaths
Associated Press
43 minutes ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexico's governmental human rights commission says excessive force by federal police resulted in five civilian deaths in a January confrontation. It says one other person was executed.

The commission criticized authorities' handling of the Jan. 6 confrontation in the western state of Michoacan, when federal forces moved in to dislodge members of self-defense groups who had seized Apatzingan city hall to protest electricity rates and crime.

Authorities moved in at dawn to clear the camp and confrontations ensued. Protesters attacked a federal police convoy that was taking seized vehicles to an impound yard.

Commission President Luis Gonzalez Perez said "excessive use of force resulted in the death of five people, and illegal execution of one person by federal police."


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