There has been a lot of commotion in Mexico after images surfaced on social media of the arrest of a 36-year-old refugee from El Salvador.
The woman broke her neck and did not survive the arrest by four police officers in the seaside town of Tulum on Saturday. “She has been brutally treated and killed,” Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday.
The images show the woman lying on her stomach in the street next to a police car, with her hands tied behind her back. A policewoman presses her knee onto the detainee’s back, who is screaming in pain. It can later be seen how officers place her motionless body on the back of a pick-up truck.
An autopsy shows that the woman has broken two cervical vertebrae. The agents involved have been arrested, and the Tulum police chief fired. President Nayib Bukele Ortez of El Salvador has called for severe penalties for those responsible.
The case also caused a stir because of its similarities to George Floyd’s death in May last year during his arrest in the United States. Images showed white cop Derek Chauvin putting his knee on black Floyd’s neck for minutes on end. The criminal case against Chauvin began on Monday in Minneapolis.