Mexico police accused of 22 summary executions

Aug 19, 2016, 2:13 AM EDT
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An inquiry by Mexico's National Human Rights Commission found that the country’s federal police executed 22 people during a clash on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan in May 2015. The commission said that the police tampered with the crime scene by shifting some bodies to other locations and planting weapons in their hands.  

The report serves as a stinging rebuke to Mexico’s security forces that have been accused of a string of human rights violations in recent times, writes The New York Times. The findings of the commission also highlight the failure of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government in containing the rising drug violence.  

Nieto’s approval rating has plummeted below 25 percent as his government battles a series of obstacles, including corruption scandals, a teachers’ strike and mounting security worries.

A total of 42 suspected drug dealers were killed in the clash last year, reports the BBC. At the time, police said that the members of drug cartels had taken over the ranch, a claim confirmed by the findings of the commission. Even as the report suggests that many of them were shot at close range the government has rejected the allegations of human rights violations.