Nov 10, 2011

Drug War - Abuses: Widely praised Mexico marines commit abuses, rights group says

One story from Human Rights Watch report on abuses by the Mexican military, including the highly touted marines. "It was after midnight when Mexican marines burst into the Acosta home and, according to survivors, opened fire. Gustavo Acosta Jr., 30, implored the troops not to shoot; there were children in the home. He then fell dead, a shot to the head. Later, when they had roped off the scene, the marines planted guns and drugs to justify their actions, the family contends.

The Sept. 1 shooting death of Acosta appears to be part of a growing pattern of abuse by naval special forces, a branch of the Mexican military that has won wide praise from U.S. and other officials." read more

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