Mexico’s Division of Protection stated Wednesday that it could examine a border gun battle between the navy and gang members after a video of the confrontation’s aftermath captured a voice saying, “Kill him.”
The investigation into the July capturing in Nuevo Laredo — the place round two dozen troopers have been concerned — can be carried out by navy prosecutors, in keeping with Protection Secretary Luis Cresencio.
The incident resulted within the deaths of 9 suspected gang members and three obvious kidnapping victims who have been being transported behind a gunman’s truck.
As troopers gave chase to the car, it got here to a halt. Nevertheless, they continued firing their weapons. After they got the order to cease, a number of troopers approached the mattress of the truck and recommended that one of the occupants would possibly nonetheless be alive.
A voice then stated: “Kill him.” It was not clear whether or not that was an order, nevertheless, and no gunshot could possibly be heard following the assertion.
The video was revealed this week by the newspaper El Common.
If civilians have been killed on account of improper conduct, the Division of Protection stated that it could convey civilian prosecutors into the case.
Raúl Tercero, the daddy of one of many obvious kidnapping victims within the truck, stated in a legal criticism filed earlier this month that he obtained the video from a soldier who apparently disagreed along with his comrades’ conduct.
Tercero and his son had migrated to Nuevo Laredo looking for work, whereas the opposite two individuals kidnapped have been a neighborhood mechanic and an engineering pupil.
The unbiased Nuevo Laredo Human Rights Committee stated that the three had no weapons on them and have been shot at shut vary.
The Protection Division confirmed no troops have been damage, although three military patrol vehicles have been hit by gunfire.
Eight assault rifles and two .50-caliber sniper rifles have been later discovered on the scene.
Nuevo Laredo — simply throughout the border from Laredo, Texas — has been dominated by drug cartel violence for years.
In April, the U.S. consulate in Nuevo Laredo issued an alert citing “reports of multiple gunfights and blockades throughout the city of Nuevo Laredo” and advised government personnel “to shelter in place.”
Nuevo Laredo has additionally seen excesses by safety forces prior to now.
In 2018, the navy acknowledged that fireplace from a helicopter gunship killed three members of a household using of their automobile, and in 2019, arrest warrants have been issued towards seven state law enforcement officials within the executions of eight individuals.
“We aren’t going to permit these practices,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated when requested concerning the video.
“This was the sort of factor accomplished earlier than, when the customized was to execute these wounded in confrontations,” he added.