Video captures the Salvadoran mother’s last moments in a store before she died after a cop knelt on her
CCTV footage captured the last moments of a mother’s life before a female police officer knelt on her back and pressed her neck to the floor, crushing her vertebrae and killing her in Mexico.
One of the videos obtained by TV station Milenio shows 36-year-old Victoria Salazar walking back and forth in an Oxxo store in Tulum, waving an empty water jug in the air and banging it against a stand on Saturday afternoon.
A second video from a security camera, obtained by a local reporter, showed the Salvadoran migrant mother of two blocking the doorway just before leaving the store and throwing her hands in the air.
Moments later, four police officers assigned to Tulum Municipal Police arrested Salazar and placed her under arrest after responding to a disorderly behavioral interview. However, bystanders recorded the violence used by the police to handcuff the migrant woman.
The female law enforcement officer, identified as Veronica V., can be seen in the cell phone video holding Salazar down by placing her knee on her back and a male officer appeared to be handcuffed around Salazar.
Veronica V. then slides her right hand onto Salazar’s neck and presses it against the sidewalk.
TV station Milenio received footage from a security camera from a supermarket that Victoria Salazar visited just before she died in police custody in Tulum, Mexico on Saturday. The 36-year-old woman can be seen in the video refraining from an empty water jug before leaving the store and was arrested by police following a report of disorderly conduct. Salvadoran migrant was pronounced dead after a female officer knelt on her back and pressed her neck to the floor and crushed her vertebrae
Four officers in Tulum have been charged with the murder of a Salvadoran migrant and mother of two, Victoria Salazar (pictured)
Police officers Veronica V. (left) and Juan C. (right) are among the four officers charged with murdering Salvadoran migrant Veronica Salazar on Saturday in Tulum.
Tulum municipal police officers, Miguel C. (left) and Raul L. (right), were among four officers detained and charged with femicide on Monday after the death of a 36-year-old Salvadoran mother of two teenage girls.
A female police officer is videotaped on Saturday kneeling atop Victoria Salazar in Tulum
Separate images show an officer who had just arrived and said to one of the arresting officers, “She’s breathing.” The officer snapped back and said to him, “Now, look, she’s breathing … she moved her mouth.”
Witness video also shows the female law enforcement officer attempting to relocate an unresponsive Salazar.
Later, three officers lifted her off the ground and placed her body on the back of a patrol car.
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.
Nesguer Méndez, the director of the Tulum Municipal Police, was also removed from office.
A police officer is seen pressing Victoria Salazar’s neck to the ground before being handcuffed
Victoria Salazar has lived in Mexico for five years after obtaining a humanitarian visa. She leaves behind two daughters aged 16 and 17
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged to seek justice for Salazar while speaking to reporters at his daily press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City on Monday.
“She was brutally treated and murdered,” said López Obrador. “It is an event that fills us with pain and shame.”
Protesters – mostly women – gathered outside the Tulum prosecutor’s office building and laid a moment of silence on the ground to highlight Salazar’s death in local police custody.
Salazar lives in Mexico after leaving her home in the western city of Sonsonate five years ago to seek better opportunities and escape the violence in the area, her mother Rosibel Arriaza said.
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.
The single mother of two entered Mexico through the southern city of Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, and applied for and received refugee status. Mexico’s National Immigration Institute that Monday.
Salazar’s 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.
The family has been in contact with the Mexican government for the return of Salazar’s daughters Francella Yaritza, 17, and Estephanie Michelle, 16, to El Salvador.
According to Olivares, Salazar has never mentioned any plans to migrate to the United States.
“The situation in the country has been quite regrettable for years due to the violence, lack of jobs and decent wages that unfortunately force thousands of people to migrate from El Salvador to other countries,” said Olivares.
She was one of thousands of migrants who went to other countries in search of better opportunities. But unfortunately she had to experience that accident. ‘
Attorney General Óscar Montes de Oca said a report from 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 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 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.