Rights Group Says Mexican Police Raided Shelter, Robbed Migrants
A gang of alleged state and municipal police officers barged into a shelter in Nogales, Sonora, where they robbed and terrorized a group of mostly Central Americans, a migrant rights organization said.
In a letter to local, state and federal officials in Mexico that was also sent to media outlets, the Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative said a group of migrants came to the comedor (soup kitchen) it operates in Nogales, Sonora on Friday morning and reported an assault that began at approximately 11 p.m. on Thursday at the Albuergue Cristiano la Roca where they were staying.
According to the KBI, a group of 20 people - 19 masked men and a large blonde woman - arrived in police pickups and began banging on the door to the shelter. Once inside, the intruders, who did not have a search warrant, ordered everyone to kneel.
Those staying at the shelter at the time included 20 migrants: 18 from Central America and two Mexicans, the KBI said. The invaders reportedly pointed pistols at their heads and ordered them to put their hands on their heads and look at the floor. Then, the men allegedly robbed the migrants of their belongings, including money and cell phones, which they gave to the blonde woman. They also threatened to turn them in to Mexican immigration authorities.
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