Mother, 36, dies after four officers restrain her and one kneels on her neck and fractures her vertebrae during arrest for being drunk and disorderly in Mexico
- Victoria Salazar died after being arrested in Tulum, Mexico on Saturday
- The 36-year-old had been detained by police for alleged public intoxication and disorderly behavior, according to Milenio news outlet
- Video footage shows a female police officer kneeling on the Salvadoran woman’s back and pressing her neck to the ground
- The four agents who arrested Salazar have been suspended as part of an ongoing investigation and were due to be placed under arrest on Monday.
- Salazar’s death was caused by a ‘fracture of the first and second vertebrae’
Mexican authorities are investigating the death of a Salvadoran woman who died after a police officer knelt during an arrest.
Video captured by a bystander in the seaside town of Tulum shows the moment Victoria Salazar, 36, was pinned to the ground by a female cop on Saturday.
The municipal police officer then grabs Salazar’s left hand while a male officer bends over to handcuff the woman.
The female police officer then put her hand on Salazar’s neck and presses it against the street, while another male officer looks at them.
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 public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Authorities have suspended four agents as part of the investigation
A female police officer is videotaped on Saturday kneeling atop Victoria Salazar in Tulum
Separate images show a cop who had just arrived and said to one of the arresting officers, “She’s breathing.” The officer snapped back and said to him, “Now, now, look, she’s breathing … she moved her mouth.”
Witness video also shows the female law enforcement officer attempting to relocate an unresponsive Salazar before three officers lifted her off the ground and placed her body on the back of a patrol pickup truck.
News outlet Millennium reported that Salazar was arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
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.
A police officer is seen pressing Victoria Salazar’s neck to the ground before being handcuffed
The four arresting officers have been suspended and are expected to be placed under arrest Monday, said Óscar Montes de Oca, the attorney general of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
Montes de Oca said a report by the medical examiner identified “a fracture in the upper part of the spine, caused by the fracture of the first and second vertebrae, which caused the victim’s life.”
Montes de Oca added that “ the police technique of body control that was applied and the level of force used was carried out in a disproportionate and moderate manner and with a high risk to life, as it was inconsistent with the victim’s resistance, causing a delay in twisting of the neck, violating the provisions of the national law on the use of force. ‘
The incident is similar to the death of George Floyd who died in Minneapolois 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 to kill Floyd started today.
Police officers carried Salazar’s body into the back of a patrol pickup truck shortly after she failed to respond to the ground
Sources told Milenio that Salazar, a mother of two, emigrated to Mexico and later received a humanitarian visa, which allowed her to stay in the country.
Mexican authorities are working with their Salvadoran counterparts to repatriate Salazar’s body home.
“I’m sure the Mexican government will apply the full weight of the law to those responsible,” El Salvador President Nayib Bukele wrote in a tweet published Monday morning.
‘We are fraternal nations, bad people are everywhere, let’s not forget that. My condolences to Victoria’s family, especially her two daughters, to whom we will give whatever help we can. ‘