Mexico police chief fired over killings

Mexico’s federal police chief, Enrique Galindo has been sacked following allegations that police killed at least 22 suspected members of a drugs cartel.

The killings are thought to have taken place last year on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan.

Transparent investigation
“I dismissed Mr Galindo to allow for a transparent investigation,” President Enrique Nieto said

Earlier this month Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission accused police of tampering with evidence.

One police officer and 42 suspects were killed in the raid on a ranch in Tanhuato in May last year.

Self-defence
Officers said “they had returned fire in self-defence but the high death toll aroused suspicions.”

The human rights commission report accused police of planting guns on some suspects and moving bodies to bolster the official version that all the deaths occurred during a gun battle.

Mr Galindo and National Security Commissioner Renato Sales have denied anyone was summarily killed and insisted officers used necessary force against highly armed criminals.

‘Four thousand rounds’
Police used a Black Hawk helicopter during the operation, reportedly firing some 4,000 rounds into the ranch, known as the Rancho del Sol, during the initial assault.

The helicopter itself was hit by gunfire, investigators found.

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