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Investigation into theft and abuse of authority by Tulum police underway

Tulum, Q.R. — An investigation into allegations of theft and abuse of authority by police in Tulum has been started. Interim Mayor David Tah Balam says he has ordered an investigation into the matter of three state police officers.

The allegations involve three elements of the State Secretary of Citizen Security stationed in Tulum who were reported for abuse of authority and robbery. The complaint was made by a woman, Elena “A”, regarding the theft of her belongings during the recent arrest of her and her boyfriend.

The incident happened on Sunday night near Dos Aguas Park when the pair were detained by State Police for an administrative fault. Both were handcuffed, however, the woman suffered minor abrasions during the arrest and was uncuffed.

Once uncuffed, she reported her personal belongings were seized by police and not returned. Part of those personal belongings included her purse, cell phone and 8,000 pesos in cash.

Her boyfriend, Alejandro “D”, was transferred to a jail cell. Once at the police station she reported the aggressive arrests by the two male and one female officer and the robbery of her belongings.

Acting Tulum Mayor David Tah Balam said an investigation into the matter has been ordered.

Acting Tulum Mayor David Tah Balam said “no more criminals disguised as police officers.”

“A precedent must be left in Tulum. No more criminals disguised as police officers,” he said.