Masked men and women protesting police abuses vandalized buildings and threw stones at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City on Friday as Mexican state authorities arrested three officers in a bid to quell anger over the death of a man in police custody.
Protesters have been demanding that authorities be held accountable over the death of Giovanni Lopez, who died in police custody in the western state of Jalisco last month.
The circumstances are unclear, but footage on social media shows a young man, identified as Lopez, being detained by police in early May.
Bystanders can be heard saying he was arrested for not using a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Protests in Jalisco’s capital, Guadalajara, flared up again, though on a smaller scale.
On Thursday, protesters set a police officer on fire and vandalized buildings and police cars.
Dressed in black and with faces covered, protesters marched along one of central Mexico City’s main avenues, setting fire to cars and smashing up the fronts of a number of businesses, including a local branch of U.S. bank Citigroup Inc.
Cities in the United States and elsewhere have been swept by protests in support of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who died last month after a white police officer kept a knee pressed to his neck.
Some of the protests have been marred by violence and vandalism.
Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez race track normally sees cars zipping along at high speeds for Formula One races, but with many of its usual events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cars on the course these days are all parked for a drive-in theater.
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Mexican archaeologists have unearthed the remains of the former residences of Aztec ruler Axayacatl and Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes in downtown Mexico City, officials announced on Monday. Gloria Tso has more.
JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo collectively set aside nearly $26 billion for potential loan losses. As Fred Katayama reports, quarterly profit at JPMorgan and Citi tumbled while Wells Fargo swung to a loss.
5 facts you probably didn't know about tequila. Tequila is an alcohol derived from the blue agave plant. The plant features a core called piña, which closely resembles a pineapple. Once the piña is harvested, it is brought to a distillery to be roasted to unleash its juices. Once those juices are released, they are fermented, distilled and aged before being bottled. In order to be labeled tequila, the production of the liquor has to occur in the state of Jalisco or in some neighboring states.
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minneapolis, Minnesota in congress. She is facing a stiff primary challenge from lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux. Melton-Meaux raised an absurd $3.2 million in the second quarter of this year to Omar’s $471,000. Omar represents a sizable Jewish community in her district. She has been the face of multiple national controversies for her perceived use of coded anti-Semitic language.
Amid demands for more police transparency after the killing of George Floyd, U.S. police departments are experimenting with a new way of capturing potentially deadly moments: putting small cameras on their guns. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
Police near Minneapolis, Minnesota used drones last week to check on an enormous threat to the local social order. Namely, CNN reports the drones were activated to check if sunbathers at a lakeside beach were breaking the law by going nude or topless. Golden Valley city officials say the police department used the high-tech surveillance devices at Twin Lake on July 10 after receiving complaints from the public. This stuff has been going on there for decades.