WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- All police officers in a town in western Mexico were arrested in a ‘code of conduct’ investigation over the assassination of a mayoral candidate.
- Fernando Angeles Juarez of the Party of the Democratic Revolution was fatally shot outside his home Thursday morning.
- Juarez was the second aspiring politician killed in Michoacán in less than 24 hours ahead of the July 1 elections.
An entire police force of 28 officers in a Mexican town in the state of Michoacán is being detained over the murder of an aspiring politician, the office of the state’s attorney general told CNN on Monday.
Mayoral candidate Fernando Angeles Juarez, 64, was murdered Thursday by unknown gunmen. According to the law enforcement agency, the Michoacán State Police went to Ocampo on Saturday, to question the police officers in a routine check which has nothing to do Juárez’s death. The Michoacán State Police said that when they arrived, some of the municipal officers fired shots in the air and resisted their authority. The agency confirmed all 28 officers were arrested and detained on Sunday.
The Michoacán State Attorney General’s Office reported Monday that the entire police force is now being investigated for possible involvement in Juárez’s assassination.
Mexico will be having its general election on July 1 to vote its next president and other federal, state and municipal positions.
According to the Daily Mail, local authorities accused Ocampo’s public security secretary Oscar Gonzalez Garcia of being involved in the assassination but on Saturday, local police officers prevented federal agents from arresting Garcia, leading to the standoff.
Prosecutors are now suspecting Garcia and the police of being involved with organized crime syndicates in Michoacan.
Juarez was killed less than one 24 hours after Agulilla mayoral candidate Omar Gomez Lucatero was shot dead on Wednesday afternoon. Over 100 politicians have been killed in Mexico’s bloodiest election campaign ever.
The Mexico Attorney General’s Office said it is leading the investigations into the two candidates’ deaths.