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Death of man after face mask arrest shines light on Mexican police brutality

Mexicans have responded with outrage after a man was found beaten to death hours after he was arrested by police officers for not wearing a face mask in public.

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.

Video of the incident emerged on Wednesday, and shows the police officers with assault rifles forcing López into a police pickup truck as bystanders plead for his release.

Sergio Beltrán-García
(@ssbeltran)

COPS MURDERED GIOVANNI

Giovanni López, 30yo day laborer arrested for not wearing a mask, criminalised by cops and brutally beaten to death bc he belongs to the Mexican racialized underclass.

ACAB EVERYWHERE

https://t.co/ifIhGkqFhm#JusticiaParaGiovanni#JusticeForGiovanni pic.twitter.com/Qv617s5gWB


June 4, 2020

“Just for not a wearing a mask?” asks one witness, incredulously.

“He was resisting,” answers an officer.

López’s relatives went looking for him at the police station, but were told he had been taken to a public hospital in Guadalajara. When they reached the hospital they found his dead body.

He had a bullet would in his foot, and an autopsy later revealed that he died of a blunt trauma to the head.



















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“It’s horrendous that people with dementia have been dying in their thousands,” said Kate Lee, chief executive officer at Alzheimer’s Society. “We’ve already seen the devastating effect of coronavirus on people with dementia who catch it, but our [research] reveals that the threat of the virus extends far beyond that.”










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