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Cancun journalist to receive damages and public apology after police attack

Cancun, Q.R. — A Cancun police officer will have to make a public apology and pay for damages to a city reporter. The judicial resolution was handed down last week through the Special Prosecutor’s Office for the Attention of Crimes Committed against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE).

The Special Prosecutor’s Office for Human Rights was also involved in the case of “a journalist who was attacked by an investigative police officer assigned to the Attorney General’s Office of Quintana Roo,” the FGR reported in a statement. They did not identify the journalist.

“A Cancun Judge of the Federal Criminal Justice Center determined that the FGR provided sufficient elements to prove that officer Raúl “G” attacked a journalist while reporting an event of public interest in Cancun. For this, the officer stripped him of his work tools and prevented him from continuing to document the incident,” they added.

The above corresponded to the criminal action carried out by the FGR for the crimes of aggravated robbery, abuse of authority and against freedom of expression.

With this resolution, the person responsible must repair the damage to the victim as well as issue a public apology acknowledging the facts. The officer will also have to train in human rights and freedom of expression and be subject to the supervision of the Precautionary Measures Unit of the Federal Criminal Justice Center.