Mexico police suspend six officers over rape case investigations

Written by on August 15, 2019

Six police officers in Mexico City have been suspended as part of investigations into the alleged rape of two teenage girls earlier this month.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced the decision a day after some 300 people marched in the city demanding justice.

The protesters, mostly female, chanted “they don’t protect us, they rape us” at officers.

The cases are the latest incidents to trigger outrage over violence against women and girls in the country.

The first involves a 17-year-old girl who said four policemen had raped her in their patrol car in Azcapotzalco, in the capital’s north, on 3 August. The second concerns a girl aged 16 who said a policeman had raped her in a museum in the city centre days later.

A police officer was arrested last Thursday in connection with the second case. No arrests have been made in relation to the first so far.

“There won’t be impunity nor any fabrication of guilt,” Ms Sheinbaum, the city’s first female mayor, said in a video posted on Twitter.

She did not provide details of why the six officers had been suspended.


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