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Playa del Carmen police officer arrested for homicide

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The State Attorney General’s Office has arrested an active Playa del Carmen police officer in the 2018 death of a young local man.

A report from the Special Prosecutor’s Office in Combat of Corruption says that the arrest of police officer Ruddy M.H. took place at 8:07 p.m. for the crime of homicide in the death of a man in August of last year.

The incident occurred along a road to Guadalupana when the policeman allegedly beat the victim, Gabriel B.O., dragged him with his patrol unit and then shot him in the chest. The allegations were reported by witnesses with the officer justifying his behavior saying the man resisted arrest.

However a passenger on a combi recorded the event on his phone.

Relatives of the victim filed a complaint with the Office of the Prosecutor and the Human Rights Commission, but the Directorate of Public Security, then headed by Joaquín Morales, did not remove the Playa del Carmen police agent from his position.

Officer Ruddy M.H. was taken into custody by members of the Prosecutor’s Office in compliance with an arrest warrant issued against him for events that occurred on August 19, 2018 near the Guadalupana neighborhood in what has been referred to as a case of abuse of power.