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More than a dozen Cancun police arrested for forceful removal of municipal secretary

Cancún, Q.R. — More than a dozen Cancun police officers were arrested Friday in compliance with an arrest warrant for their involvement in the forceful removal of the municipal secretary of public security.

On Friday afternoon, 16 municipal police officers were taken into custody by members of the ministerial police with support of the military and state police for their involvement in the November altercation.

Photo: Fiscalía General del Estado

The detained officers were identified by the municipal secretary of public security, Jesus Perez Abarca, as the orchestrators of the revolt who pushed and forcefully removed him from his office.

The municipal officers were loaded onto a waiting State Police bus where they were handed over to the corresponding authority. During the time of the arrests, the prosecutor’s office closed Xcaret Avenue from Kabah to La Costa due to police deployment.

They were eventually transferred to the Cancun prison where they will remain until presented before a judge.

On social media, Jesus Capella Ibarra, state secretary of Public Security, reported the arrest of 16 policemen were the result of “the shameful acts of November 5 in this institution,” adding that no one is above the law.

In total, 19 municipal police officers have warrants for their arrest for their involvement, however on Friday, only 16 were taken into custody.