Mexican Federal Officers: Juarez Mayor's Bodyguards Look Like Organized Crime Gunmen

El Paso Times - In response to the confrontation that erupted between Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía and Mexican federal police Wednesday afternoon, officials from México's Department of Public Safety said the mayor's bodyguards looked like "organized crime gunmen." The argument between Murguía and federal police officers started around 3 p.m. in Juárez after federal officers allegedly aimed their rifles at the mayor's bodyguards on a city street. According to a federal police official in México, federal officers were patrolling Juárez streets when they came across a "convoy of heavy armed individuals riding in three vehicles and speeding, looking and behaving like organized crime gunmen," the official said in a statement.
Juarez Mayor Hector Murguia
Those men turned out to be mayor's bodyguards. After asking for back up, the federal officers stopped those civilians on Libramiento and Mutualismo streets, Manuel Gómez Morín neighborhood, the official said in a press release. Until then, the riders of the second vehicle identified themselves verbally as local police officers, but they didn't produce any badge or identification, the official said. Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía got out from one of the vehicles and complained about being pulled over by federal police, and said that he was in charge of the city, the federal police press release said. But Murguía alleges that his bodyguards produced their police badges to federal officers. Still, he said, the federal officers pointed their shotguns at the guards. Read full story here: News New Mexico



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