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Cancun police officer reprimanded for leaking video of kidnapping

Cancun, Q.R. — One Cancun police officer is being reprimanded for leaking sensitive investigation material to the public. State prosecutor Oscar Montes de Oca Rosales said the use of technology has been a key factor in the advancement of investigations and criminal resolutions.

He says leaking this information to the public is against the law, referring to an officer who recently leaked surveillance video of eight men entering a Cancun bar. That video showed the group walking into a bar then walking out with a kidnapped man. That man was later found shot to death.

Montes de Oca Rosales stressed that the videos, which were leaked by police elements, is prohibited by law. For that reason, an investigation was opened which resulted in one police officer being presented before a judge.

“We are going to continue working on that because it is not possible for there to be a leakage of relevant information, which is part of a process. It is prohibited, more-so for being a policeman. The situation would be different if you’re dealing with a means of communication, since freedom of expression cannot be restricted,” he added during his interview with Radio Fórmula.

In the case of the leaked information, he said that the corresponding analysis of the videos has been made which allowed investigators to trace the alleged participants of the kidnapping and subsequent murder.

Elements of the FGE, the Navy, the National Guard, Sedena and the Quintana Police participated in the operation, achieving the capture of three men.