4 Juarez Officers Charged in Case After 9 Year Old Boy is Shot and His Mother Arrested
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Four police officers were charged on Wednesday with crimes against two U.S. citizens â shooting a 9-year-old boy and falsely accusing his mother of attempted murder.
The officers will be charged with covering up the shooting, causing damage, wounding the boy, giving false testimony and attempting to hide evidence.
Sonia Tapia Cisneros, 35, a school principal who was arrested Monday evening, was released Wednesday after the Chihuahua state prosecutorâs office determined there wasnât any evidence to support accusations against her.
The case is the latest dent in the JuĂĄrez public safety departmentâs credibility and once again raises questions about police abuse under the command of police chief JuliĂĄn Leyzaola.
At a news conference after her release, Tapia said she was inside her vehicle waiting to pick up her 13-year-old daughter from a friendâs house in Colonia Gustavo Diaz Ordaz when she was abruptly approached by police officers who yelled at her to get out of the vehicle.
In the confusion, she thought the officers were telling her to get out of a dangerous situation. She did not know she was the target.
After the incident, Tapia said, the same officers who fired their weapons were shocked to see they had wounded the boy and offered to take him to the hospital.
Once LĂłpez began receiving medical attention, Tapia said, officers told her they would have to take her into custody.
Officers handcuffed her to the back of a pickup and then drove around the city for two hours, she said. When they arrived at a police station, they parked for two hours, apparently getting their story straight, Tapia said.