Isaac Chinedu Nwachukw is a 29-year old Nigerian citizen who lives in Mexico City. On the night of May 11, 2011 he was beaten to death by Mexico City policemen.
Police insist that Chinedo died after being runover by a car, which got away. However, surveillance tapes released show Chinedo was being beaten by four to six policemen. He ran into the street and jumped at a police car that was traveling very slowly down the street. The Mexico City police then grabbed him again and beat the crap out of him right on the street. At one point he is seen being violent shoved to the ground.
Chinedu’s Mexican widow, Liduvina Castillo Zavala, claims that racial prejudice resulted in her husband’s death, a charge activists here are rallying around.
“This was an act of discrimination,” Castillo told a newscast. “Why? Because they detained him simply because he was black. He wasn’t doing anything. Isaac was waiting for a taxi to return to his home in peace.” Castillo Zavala claims her husband was arrested in 2007 and charged with drug dealing. He spent two years in prison before being found innocent by a judge and released.
Prosecutors and forensic investigators said they’ve determined that Chinedu died of injuries suffered after he was struck by a vehicle on Calzada de Tlalpan, but said his body showed trauma from blows delivered by at least two auxiliary police officers, whose actions were captured by surveillance video.
A tractor truck driver, Sinaid Prado, was stopped at a red light at the intersection of bulevar Gustavo Díaz Ordaz and avenida Sonoyta in Tijuana on February 6. A police patrol pick-up tried to pass the truck on the right while it waited for the light to change. The patrol truck driver, Noé Raygoza, misjudged the clearance and broke off the truck’s right sideview mirror.
The police officers then pulled their pick-up in front of the truck, jumped out with their guns drawn, and startled the driver, who was unaware they had just broken his mirror. Prado called the insurance claims adjuster, who said the total damages done by the police amounted to $25.
The police then said that their patrol unit was uninsured, placed all the blame on the poor truck driver, arrested him and took him to the city jail. They also impounded the truck.
The truck driver was released later, but his truck is still impounded.
While she was asleep with her three children, a woman alleged that Rosarito Municipal Police violently entered their home under the pretext of looking for drugs, assaulted her, handcuffing her and stole her cell phone.
Evangelina Ruiz, 34, said that on Saturday about 10:00 pm, the officers broke the locks on the trailer where she lives with her minor children. The police pulled her out of bed by her hair and handcuffed her in a chair.
The young mother said her 18-month old daughter was awakened by the screams of the police, and because she is still breastfeeding, the police forced another 7-year old daughter to lift her blouse and hold the baby so she could breast feed while she was still handcuffed.
The victim said that the police searched her home and demanded some drugs that had already been paid for by another woman. When the victim said she knew nothing about it, the police hit her with the butt of a pistol. The police also beat a mentally disabled neighbor who came to see what was happening.
Evangelina Ruiz went to police headquarters to file a complaint, but police denied everything, even when she fully identified at least one of the assailants.
La Misión is a little town on the Scenic Highway in Baja California, about half-way between Rosarito and Ensenada. Quite a few Americans live there. Most of the land belongs to an ejido. Recently 80 townsfolk sent a letter to the mayor, Pablo Alejo López Núñez, complaining that the town police were being abusive, harassing, making false arrests, levying fines of up to $325 on bogus charges, and collecting “mordidas.” The mayor started an investigation.
The chief of police, Alfredo Rosales Green, said he would rotate out the police staff, irrespective of the outcome of the investigation. Some of the townsfolk came to the defense of the police. They complain that the town is filling up with young “miscreants,” who deal in drugs and walk around stoned. There have been numerous reports of increased crime, especially home robberies, including several homes belonging to Americans.