PortandTerminal.com, June 5, 2020
As protests rage in the United States over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the police, similar protests in Mexico have erupted over the killing of a 30-year-old bricklayer, Giovanni López.
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO – A police officer was set on fire in Mexico during a protest for the death of Giovanni López.
In this video we see a protester pour a flammable liquid on the back of a motorcycle cop and lit the officer on fire, according to a video spread on social media by independent news outlet ZonaDocs. Police beat back the protesters with batons and shot tear gas at them.
López, a 30-year-old bricklayer, was beaten to death hours after he was arrested by police officers for not wearing a face mask in public. He had been detained on 4 May by municipal police officers in the town of Ixtlahuacán de Los Membrillos near Guadalajara.
His relatives later found his body at a hospital. He had a bullet would in his foot, and an autopsy later revealed that he died of a blunt trauma to the head.
Video of the incident emerged on Wednesday and shows the police officers with assault rifles forcing López into a police pickup truck as bystanders plead for his release.
Anti-police protests erupted on Thursday evening in Guadalajara, the country’s second-largest city.
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