[Translated by Fulano from the article in Frontera.]
Tijuana Tourist Police arrested a member of the National Commission on Human Rights who questioned the reason for the arrest of a migrant who had just been deported from the US.
The police also arrested a witness who videotaped the events that occurred March 30, 2011 outside the offices of the Grupo Beta in colonia Federal.
The three men were brought before a municipal judge, who admonished the human rights official, named Luna, for alleged “obstruction” of authority, said a source who requested anonymity.
The Tourist Police argued that they received complaint calls that reported the migrant detainee was annoying passersby, however, he was only deported a few minutes before the officers intercepted him.
Luna became aware of the facts and asked the police why they were arresting the migrant, but instead of answering him, he was arrested and brought before a judge at the Municipal Court.
Also arrested was a man who videotaped the events, who paid a fine for his release, but had only been released a few minutes when in front of his family he was taken back inside again, and held until he erased the images on his cell phone.
Officials of the National Commission on Human Rights and the Baja California Human Rights Office were able to see the video before it was erased.
Civil liberties advocates and activists, among them Heriberto Garcia Garcia, who heads the Baja California Human Rights Office, have repeatedly denounced the arbitrary detention of migrants who are victimized by municipal police.
The complaints state that not only do they detain migrants who have just been deported, but steal what few belongings they bring with them, and sometimes wait for relatives to send them money to extort them by threatening to put them in jail.
They also accuse the police of not accepting as identification the deportation document given migrants by the National Migration Institute.
Although the city of Tijuana makes telephones available to returning Mexicans to make complaints, they choose not to for fear of reprisals because they have no protection when they make a report.
Link to article in Spanish.
Fulano would be remiss if he failed to report that the Tijuana Tourist Police received training in San Diego:
A group of 22 municipal police officers from the three cities was honored in San Diego yesterday for completing a daylong course offered by the San Diego Police Department.
The officers say they benefited from instruction in a range of topics, including patrol tactics, gangs, ethics and how to interact with U.S. tourists.
“Visitors need to know that there is someone who is there for them on the other side of the border,” said Giovanni Malinchrynni, one of 24 members of the existing Rosarito Beach tourism police. “We want to take away the bad image that people have about crossing the border.”
|San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders congratulated a Mexican police officer at a ceremony yesterday for officers from law enforcement agencies in Tijuana, Ensenada and Rosarito Beach who participated in a training session offered by the San Diego Police Department.
Link to SDUT article.
Maybe if Fulano posts for another 100 years, it will start to sink in that there is just no way to wash the stink of corruption off of Mexico. It is a part of the fabric of life down there. They prey upon each other as a national pastime.