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Mexican police chief dismissed after execution allegations

Mexican police chief dismissed after execution allegationsMexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has fired Police Commissioner Enrique Galindo has been dismissed following allegations of police executed at least 22 suspected gang members.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong confirmed the President decided to remove Enrique Galindo to allow for a transparent investigation.

“In light of recent events and on the instructions of the president, Police Commissioner Enrique Galindo has been removed from his position. That is with the objective of helping the corresponding authorities carry out a flexible and transparent investigation in full view of Mexican citizens,” he said.

42 civilians and a police officer were killed during a raid on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan in May, 2015. Earlier this month, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission announced that its investigation found that at least 22 people were killed without justification by police.

According to the report, some people were "executed arbitrarily," when police claimed they died in a gun battle. However, the report alleges officers planted guns on some suspects and moved bodies to fit their story that deaths occurred during a gunbattle.

Mexican authorities have long been implicated in abuses since a drug war began in 2006.

Galindo denies the police executed anyone.
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