Footage Of A Man Tortured To Death For Not Wearing Mask By Mexican Police Leads To Massive Outrage

Nagini Shree |Jun 11, 2020

A 30-year-old man who was arrested in Jalisco last month for not wearing a face mask was beaten to death by police officers, which causes massive anti-police protests now in Mexico.

Although that man's death happened a month ago, the video of him being arrested has spread on social media recently like a fire, causing public outrage and sparking violent protests.

According to The Guardian, Jalisco state authorities said Giovanni López, a 30-year-old bricklayer, was detained on 4 May by municipal police officers in the town of Ixtlahuacán de Los Membrillos near Guadalajara.

Giovanni Lopez
A man was beaten to death by Mexican police

A video going viral on Twitter shows the police pressing him into a patrol truck, while residents argue with police over the use of force. A few hours later, López was taken out of the cell for medical treatment and passed away.

“Just for not a wearing a mask?” asks one witness, distrustingly. “He was resisting,” answers an officer. A cop is seen on the 96-second video telling bystanders to shut the phone off while two cops tussled with Giovanni in the background.

López's relatives came to find him at the police station but shockingly found his dead body at the hospital with a bullet wound on his foot. Giovanni López died the next day from a traumatic brain injury, according to his death certificate. Three police officers were arrested after the death of López amid violent protesters demanding justice for Giovanni López.

Protests have erupted in Mexico on Thursday evening 4-6  against police brutality in the second-largest city, Guadalajara. Protesters clashed with police outside the government headquarters, set fire to police cars. An online campaign calling for justice in López’s death has grabbed support from stars like Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro.

Arrested
The protests flared up in Mexico after demonstrations broke out in the United States

A protester poured the flammable liquid onto the back of an officer riding motorbike and set him on fire. Police responded with force, beating protesters with batons and firing tear gas. At least 28 people were arrested and one policeman injured.

The video against police brutality in Mexicoemerged as protests continue across the US over the police killing of George Floyd.

The incident occurred in the western state of Jalisco, where governor Enrique Alfaro issued strict rules about wearing masks in public places to prevent COVID-19. There have been many concerns that Alfaro's suggestion of arresting people without masks may be an invitation for Mexican police abuse.

State Gov. Enrique Alfaro called López’s death “an atrocity” and promised results from the investigation “within hours.” However, the governor defended the conduct of the Mexican police, stating that they acted according to the circumstances and “didn’t commit any act of violence against the protesters.”

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