SAN LUIS POTOSÍ.- Municipal police from Matehuala, were captured on a video torturing an adolescent with a plastic bag on his head to get a confession at the police station.
“I don’t know anything! I don’t know anything, boss!,” could be heard from the youth between tears, sitting on a chair and with his hands tied.
In the video recording the boy can be seen kicking in desperation from not being able to breathe, moments before a heavy-set police officer removes the bag from his head and orders him to lay on a tablecloth another policeman puts on the floor. Also seen are the legs of a third officer who has a rifle.
“Let’s see son, lay down! Or should we make you lay down?” orders the guard who moments earlier had taken the bag off his head and with one hand he grabs him firmly by the back of the neck.
“Lay down, kid!” says another police officer.
“You know how to do it, kid, this is now we make the people lay down,” says one of the police who participated, and throws the youth on the tablecloth face down, with his hands tied behind him, according to the video uploaded to YouTube.
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur – Public transportation drivers have suffered up to 16 assaults per day, says Pascual Álvarez Martínez, president of the Cabo San Lucas Transportation Drivers Union, who bemoaned the inefficiency of the strategies implemented by the municipal authorities.
Álvarez Martínez siad that the number of assaults means the drivers do not want to provide services during certain hours, and he has called for the authorities to take notice of this matter and not wait for the problem to worsen.
“Everything indicates that the strategies to prevent assaults and robberies of passenger transports have not worked, or not 100%. Tactics need to be reinforced and if not these criminal acts will continue,” said the union leader, which is made up of five groups.
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur – The four municipal police who were accused of assaulting tourists are being investigated.
Isaí Arias Famanía, head of the Deputy Attorney General Special Investigations, said there are complaints by American citizens against four Cabo San Lucas municipal police officers for taking their money and a watch.
He said that once they have the proof necessary, they will seek to get an arrest warrant “they are going to get prison sentences which will hold them up as examples, those who commit crimes have to face the legal consequences,” he said.
As such, Governor Marcos Covarrubias said that once these police accused of robbery are identified, he will act in accordance with the law, emphasizing he will not permit such abuses.
He said he will apply the full force of the law to punish these criminal acts, irrespective of the fact they were against foreigners.
La Paz, B.C.S.- The State Ministry of Tourism, in coordination with the State Attorney General, followed up on the invitation of Marco Antonio García Pinzón, deputy representative of El Centenario, to respond to a series of petitions from the foreign resident community in this area, reported Ricardo García Castro, Director of Planning and Tourism Development in the state and who also attended along with Ruben Reachi Lugo, Tourism Minister.
The official said that at this meeting there was also present Adonaí Carreón Estrada, state Attorney General, and together they could learn first hand of a series of complaints about several robberies and crime situations of which people have been recent victims and showed their concern and asked for their attention.
Ricardo Garcia, said the state tourism ministry is sensitive to these matters and as its chief, Rubén Reachi Lugo has indicated, they are worried and took it upon themselves to come to the meeting accompanied by the Attorney General to help and follow-up on these concerns expressed by the foreign community in El Centenario.
He emphasized that the state Attorney General, Adonaí Carreón Estrada, expressed his total support to offer solutions, and will make them to the several police corporations of the three levels of government, and he has called for a new meeting next June 16 in his office to monitor and finalize agreements to solve this problem.
In conclusion, Ricardo Garcia expressed his pleasure with this response which said they will address these concerns with concrete actions and that the message they are sending to the foreign community and their countrymen and potential visitors to Baja California Sur destinations is that in La Paz and El Centenario, where people have lived for a long time, there is a safe and secure environment.
Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S.- This morning, through her Facebook profile, citizen Carlie Lynn reported she found a card cloning device on the BANAMEX ATM located inside the Walmart.
She said that this is the second time in less than two weeks she found this type of cloning device on the ATMs, but the worse part, she added, “is that today we discovered that the employees who come to collect the money (SEPSA) are those who placed them on the ATMs.”
When the discover was made, Carlie Lynn documented it with photographs, because after she reported this to the Walmart employee in charge of the store, the Walmart employee returned the devices to the employees who transport the money.
For this reason she asks the ATM users to be very attentive to possible banks frauds, where the people is charge of the ATMs could be involved.
PLAYAS DE ROSARITO.- The Scenic Highway has become the scene of constant violent robberies of tourists, the thieves taking advantage of the lack of police patrols by the three levels of government.
The most recent case is of a Tijuana family that was visiting the municipality this weekend which was the victim of the theft of five laser visas, two credit cards a checkbook and cell phones.
According to the information, the family was heading northbound on the Scenic Highway, but decided to rest a moment, parking their vehicle on the shoulder of the highway across from the Villa San Pedro subdivision.
After a few minutes at that location, two subjects approached with black clothing, one of them with a knife, the other with a firearm. They were threatened with the weapons and violently robbed of their belongings, causing terror among the family members. The pair of criminals left calmly with total impunity.
Several stretches of the Scenic Highway and the Free Road which pass through the municipality are vulnerable areas for citizens with the possibility for robberies and kidnappings.
Citizens complain that these areas have become lawless territory due to the lack of police patrols by the municipal and federal police, in spite of the Scenic Highway being within federal jurisdiction.
The municipal police only have 107 police officers, which makes it much more difficult for patrol coverage in extensive areas like the Scenic Highway. When a crime is committed on that highway, the federal police arrive late, up to three hours, because they have a shortage of officers assigned to the area.
The lack of police has been taken advantage of by criminal groups which operate on the Scenic Highway, including the trucking sector, which has been the victims of theft of the cargo they carry.
During the years 2008 to 2010, there was a high incidence of robberies, assaults and kidnappings on the Scenic Highway, and at this time there are a series of thefts, looting of vehicles, all with a lack of federal police presence, which worries the residents who use the highway daily in light of the crime wave will worsen and kidnappings will once again be happening on the highway.
TULUM, Quintana Roo – Almost three hours after being revived with cardio-pulmonary massage by a woman and Red Cross paramedics, after being rescued from the ocean, an American tourist, approximately 40 years old, died at the private clinic Tulum Hospital south of the area.
The tourist, whose name was Jennifer Parker, was rescued at the beach in front of the Hotel Hip, when other tourists noted she was struggling to stay afloat. Once on the sand, the rapid attention from a woman relative managed to revive her, when Parker was almost dead.
The Red Cross paramedics arrived immediately and helped with cardiac massage. The foreign started to cough and expelled a large quantity of water, and she was immediately taken to the Tulum hospital for treatment, however three hours later she died.
La Paz, BCS-A single case is sufficient to unravel the tangle of corruption and negligence operating within the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). This involves the hard path of Marlene Vinalay Abarca, 33 years of age, through its clinics, who on October 9, 2013 came to the General Hospital for Area No. 1 for abdominal pain and now is in a vegetative state from cerebral hypoxia.
Marlene has been diagnosed with five different fatal diseases, yet the diagnoses were all false. After admission to the emergency room for peritoneal cavity fluid, for which spent more than 12 hours in the waiting room, the gynecologic oncologist Ricardo Alberto Ybarra Yee’s diagnosed here with ovarian and bladder cancer, and on October 17 he removed her ovaries and uterus without finding any tumors.
Given the inconsistencies, he then performed an endoscopy and a colonoscopy to look for cancer, but after four negative results at the local IMSS, in Mexico City, at the Secretariat of Health (SSA) and Laboratorios De la Peña, Ybarra Yee changed his diagnosis and started a series of treatments for lupus, leptospirosis, Wegener’s granulomatosis and miliary tuberculosis.
By this time Marlene Vinalay already had pulmonary edema on October 21 was brought to the operating room. When transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to connect her to a ventilator, in the process they loosened two of her teeth when hit while inserting the tubes down his throat.
Her family agreed with Dr. Marina Flores, deputy director of Clinic 1 IMSS in La Paz, that Marlene stay in the ICU for a couple of days to receive personalized attention. However that evening she was transferred to another floor in spite of the demands of her husband, Hector Francisco González Ortiz.
The hospital orderlies, Alfredo Gonzalez and Jorge Torres Oronia, who are actually custodial staff, as the hospital has no certified orderlies, realized that the oxygen tank supplying Marlene was empty, but they said, according to the account of Marlene’s stepfather, Julio César López Torres, “this is not a problem, if it runs out we will be nearby.” It turned out that the patient had trouble breathing and went into a crisis. After several minutes they managed to connect the oxygen supply from of one of the beds. The lack of oxygen caused cerebral hypoxia.
Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. – The president of the Los Cabos Hotel Association, Renato Silva de Mendonça, said that in the last few weeks they have received several complaints “which force us to make a call to competent authorities and urge them to pay attention to a problem, which if left unattended, can be a large blow to the excellent image of this tourist destination, in the United States, Canada and other points of origin of those who visit us daily.”
In this case, Silva de Mendonça said there have been complaints filed by tourist who are guest in diverse hotels which are members of the Association he represents (mainly in Cabo San Lucas), in which the victims all say the have been the objects of threats, mistreatment and including robbery, by elements whom they describe as “armed and in uniform.”
“However, he said, what motivates us to send this press release is that just in the last 48 hours they have received reports of three cases in of armed and uniformed persons, whom we believe to be local police officers and we can not allow that these representatives of the law act in this manner.”
In reference to these recent cases, Silva de Mendonça explained that just last Wednesday, a young tourist (the full names and hotels of the victims have been omitted) reported to the hotel manager that around 2AM, when the youth was returning to the hotel he was “approached by a police patrol vehicle, who stopped him and took his belongings, among which were a common prescription medication. The tourist said the police threatened him, including handcuffing him and put him in the pick-up truck where they demanded money to let him go.”
“The victim (with tears in his eyes while telling the story), said he had to go to three ATM’s, but as he could not get any money with his cards, the police were visibly angered and put a weapon to his head on several occasions, and he ended up giving them $500 dollars he had in a billfold so they would let him go.”
In another case, a tourist reported around 2AM when he arrived at the hotel reception very startled, that an hour earlier, he was assaulted outside a bar on calle Ignacio Zaragoza, in downtown Cabo San Lucas.
The tourist in question said that upon leaving the bar, two persons in police uniforms intercepted him and told him he will be searched because “he was presumed to be selling drugs,” and when he denied this and was searched they took his cell phone and wallet and told to go away or they would put him in jail.
CULIACÁN.- Rubén Ruiz Vega is from Sinaloa and worried about the violence and police abuse in Mexico, to such an extent that he decided to start a journey to protest the situation. But, he did now know that midway in his journey he would suffer hardships from precisely these circumstances.
He started this trip on the beaches of Baja Calfiornia and his goal was to reach the Zócalo in Mexico City. He left riding on a small cart pulled by this true companion, a little burro named “El Tocayo.” This was a part of his demonstration to call the people’s attention to create awareness and take notice that it is in their hands that the country will change.
Upon arriving in Culiacán, he decided to camp in the Las Riberas park. There, a person insisted upon helping him to watch his things, but e ignored him. Later, his nightmare began when he was overtaken by sleep. Upon awakening, neither his burro nor his cart was there.
With the help of the police, he managed to find his burro tied up a few blocks away. A little discouraged, being left with only a change of clothing and his papers, he went to the municipal government in search of help to get a new cart and continue his journey.
“Nobody paid any attention to me, the councilmen were not there and those who were there were very busy,” said Rubén in an interview with Noroeste.
When he left the city hall, another surprise awaited him. His burro, who he left tied to a palm tree, was gone again. This time inspectors from the Inspection and Surveillance Unit had taken the burro and it would cost him a 1,000 peso fine (US$80) the get him back.
After talking with the Unit Chief, Sergio Enrique Torres Medina, he ordered that El Tocayo be returned.
But, in spite of these setbacks, Rubén did not give up, and found a place to stay and now is looking for the parts to assemble a new vehicle, another cart to take him where his heart says to go.