Monday, April 6, 2009
Family members of a group of Tijuana policemen are asking authorities not torture their loved ones. Authorities detained more than 20 police last week for alleged ties to organized crime. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Family members of the police under investigation delivered the letter to Tijuana's Frontera newspaper.
It implores Mexico's President, Baja California's Governor and Tijuana's Mayor to remember the police under investigation are innocent until proven guilty and shouldn't be tortured into confession.
Victor Clark directs Tijuana's Binational Center for Human Rights.
He does not have evidence that authorities have tortured these police. However, Clark says its important the families are standing up for their relatives.
"Authorities are using torture as an investigative tool to fight the drug war," says Clark. "Few are the victims or relatives who complain publicly."
Tijuana's police chief accuses several of the officers of taking drug money.
About 400 officers have resigned or been fired as authorities try to snuff out ties to drug cartels in the last year
Amy Isackson, KPBS news.