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.