Authorities arrest ‘abusive’ boyfriend of Salvadoran mother who died after a cop knelt on her in Tulum

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Authorities in the Mexican resort of Tulum arrested the boyfriend of a Salvadoran mother who died after a female police officer knelt on her neck.

Carlos Joaquín, Quintana Roo’s governor, said Hector H. was arrested Tuesday on charges that he abused Victoria Salazar, 36, and her 16-year-old daughter, who has been reported missing, and was located safely on Wednesday.

Another daughter of Salazar – a 15-year-old – was allegedly sexually assaulted by Hector H., who is currently in custody by Mexican authorities.

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele tweeted hours before the arrest of Salazar’s former partner that there was likely another suspect who authorities were also looking for.

“ As I told you yesterday (Monday), despite some authorities coming to deny it, there were more aggressors and victims in this story, ” Bukele wrote.

Victoria turned him in weeks ago and took her daughter to a shelter to protect her from the attacker. Sadly, they only acted after Victoria was already murdered and the case is being followed closely. ‘

Salazar’s mother, Rosibel Arriaza, told reporters on Wednesday that she would try to apply for asylum for her granddaughter in the United States. However, it is not known if they have any relatives living in the US

“I’m afraid something will happen to my girls in Mexico and I don’t want to take them to El Salvador,” she said. “I want to ask President Biden to help me, contact me, and give my granddaughters refuge in the United States.”

The Office of the State Attorney General of Quintana Roo said in a statement Wednesday that Salazar and her 15-year-old daughter appeared before the local child protection agency on March 11 to file a complaint against Hector H. and formally hear him. accuse the girl of sexual abuse.

On March 22, Salazar’s daughter was interviewed by the prosecutor who was unable to extract “useful and sufficient information” from her testimony to establish the identity of her attacker.

Veronica V., a female police officer in Tulum, Mexico, is videotaped to video kneeling on top of Victoria Salazar on Saturday just before the 36-year-old Salvadoran died in Tulum Municipal Police custody after police officers responded to a call and detained Salazar for disorderly conduct

Veronica V., a female police officer in Tulum, Mexico, is videotaped to video kneeling on top of Victoria Salazar on Saturday just before the 36-year-old Salvadoran died in Tulum Municipal Police custody after police officers responded to a call and detained Salazar for disorderly conduct

Salvadoran migrant and mother of two, Victoria Salazar, died Saturday in Tulum, Mexico, shortly after she was arrested by police, who were reportedly investigating her for disorderly conduct.  Authorities have charged four officers with murder

Salvadoran migrant and mother of two, Victoria Salazar, died Saturday in Tulum, Mexico, shortly after she was arrested by police, who were reportedly investigating her for disorderly conduct.  Authorities have charged four officers with murder

Salvadoran migrant and mother of two, Victoria Salazar, died Saturday in Tulum, Mexico, shortly after she was arrested by police, who were reportedly investigating her for disorderly conduct. Authorities have charged four officers with murder

Hector H. was arrested on Tuesday in Tulum, Mexico, on charges of assaulting his girlfriend Victoria Salazar, the Salvadoran who died in police custody on Saturday, and one of her two teenage daughters.

Hector H. was arrested on Tuesday in Tulum, Mexico, on charges of assaulting his girlfriend Victoria Salazar, the Salvadoran who died in police custody on Saturday, and one of her two teenage daughters.

Hector H. was arrested on Tuesday in Tulum, Mexico, on charges of assaulting his girlfriend Victoria Salazar, the Salvadoran who died in police custody on Saturday, and one of her two teenage daughters.

Salazar was detained outside Oxxo, a local retail chain, by Tulum Municipal Police following reports of a customer’s disorderly behavior.

Bystanders recorded the violence used by the police to handcuff the migrant woman.

A female law enforcement officer, identified as Veronica V., can be seen in a cell phone video holding Salazar down by placing her knee on her back. A male cop appeared to be handcuffing Salazar.

Veronica V. then slides her right hand onto Salazar’s neck and presses it against the sidewalk. A separate video shows her moving an unresponsive Salazar just before the officers lifted her body and placed it on the back of a police pickup truck.

A security camera at Oxxo, a retail chain in Tulum, Mexico, shows Veronica Salazar (bottom right) standing behind a cashier.  The footage showed Salazar pacing around the store and stepping behind the counter just before she died in police custody on Saturday.

A security camera at Oxxo, a retail chain in Tulum, Mexico, shows Veronica Salazar (bottom right) standing behind a cashier.  The footage showed Salazar pacing around the store and stepping behind the counter just before she died in police custody on Saturday.

A security camera at Oxxo, a retail chain in Tulum, Mexico, shows Veronica Salazar (bottom right) standing behind a cashier. The footage showed Salazar pacing around the store and stepping behind the counter just before she died in police custody on Saturday.

Police officers assigned to Tulum Municipal Police stand next to the body of Victoria Salazar, whose death was caused by a vertebral fracture as a result of the excessive force exerted by the police, according to a summary of a medical examiner's report.

Police officers assigned to Tulum Municipal Police stand next to the body of Victoria Salazar, whose death was caused by a vertebral fracture as a result of the excessive force exerted by the police, according to a summary of a medical examiner's report.

Police officers assigned to Tulum Municipal Police stand next to the body of Victoria Salazar, whose death was caused by a vertebral fracture as a result of the excessive force exerted by the police, according to a summary of a medical examiner’s report.

Surveillance video released on social media highlighted Salazar’s disruptive behavior in the store in the moments before she died.

Salazar is seen polar bears in the shop and an empty water jug ​​is waved.

The footage also showed Salazar walking behind the till and arguing with a male servant. She is later seen stepping behind another male servant behind the counter and taking refuge behind him, as if hiding from someone.

Eventually, Salazar leaves the store and is met by the police, who placed her against the back of a police SUV before bringing her to the ground, apparently for resisting arrest.

Veronica V., along with officers Juan C., Miguel C., and Raul L., were each charged with one count of feminicide and placed in police custody Monday.

They appeared before a judge on Tuesday and their attorneys asked for additional time to gather additional evidence for their case.

Joaquín acknowledged that Salazar’s death “ wreaked havoc on Quintana Roo’s image, ” but the state’s problems didn’t stop there. The Office of the Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo said a foreign woman was injured in a shooting at a bar in Tulum on Tuesday. The victim’s nationality is unknown, but she was treated and discharged from a local hospital. It said a suspect had been arrested.

In another case of violence, the governor said that the murder of a woman over the weekend in the seaside town of Holbox, on the north coast of the state, “ had to do with a sentimental or passionate motive, ” and that in that case a suspect had also arrested.

Tulum’s reputation as a relaxed, quiet beach resort unlike Cancún has been marred in recent times by land disputes, gang activity and increasing development.

Salazar, a single mother of two, lived in Mexico after arriving there five years ago and was later granted refugee status.

Tulum police officer Veronica V. is seen pressing Victoria Salazar's neck to the ground before being handcuffed

Tulum police officer Veronica V. is seen pressing Victoria Salazar's neck to the ground before being handcuffed

Tulum police officer Veronica V. is seen pressing Victoria Salazar’s neck to the ground before being handcuffed

A customer evades Victoria Salazar as she hurled an empty water container at a store in Tulum on Saturday

A customer evades Victoria Salazar as she waved an empty water container at a store in Tulum on Saturday

A customer evades Victoria Salazar as she hurled an empty water container at a store in Tulum on Saturday

Her brother, René Olivares, told the newspaper The universal that the family received help from the human rights prosecutor in El Salvador to file a lawsuit against Mexico for her murder.

“Anyone who has lost a loved one can understand the pain felt, and even more so under the circumstances in which it happened to my sister,” Olivares said.

Attorney General Óscar Montes de Oca said on Monday that the medical examiner identified “a fracture in the upper part of the spine caused by the fracture of the first and second vertebrae that caused the victim’s life.”

Montes de Oca added that the police were using inordinate amounts to restrain Salazar.

The applied police technique of body control and the applied level of force was carried out in a disproportionate and moderate manner and with a high risk of life because it was not in accordance with the resistance of the victim, causing a delay in the rotation of the neck, making the determinations of the national law on the use of force, ”he said.

Salazar’s deadly incident drew a comparison to the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis in May 2020.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit $ 20 note to make a purchase.

Derek Chauvin, one of four law enforcement officers who responded to the call, was videotaped on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin’s trial for killing Floyd is underway.