By PIX11 NEWSROOM
2:05 PM PDT, May 25, 2011
TIJUANA, MEXICO (PIX11) -- Fifteen police officers in Tijuana, Mexico, have been suspended after a video surfaced of the men forcing a female detainee to strip and put on a show before she was allowed to leave the precinct.
The young woman was pulled off the street along with a male companion for alleged drug possession on March 2nd. According to El Mexicano, the paper that leaked the video, the officers told the woman the couple could avoid charges if she performed a strip tease.
The Secretary of Municipal Public Security, Gustavo Huerta Martinez, announced at a press conference that one of the suspended officers is Chief of Police of La Presa Rural Manuel de la Cruz Candelaria.
In the grainy video police officers can be heard hooting as the woman, whose face is blurred, seems to hesitate but then lifts her shirt. The officers can be heard directing her to take off more and more, until she is completely naked from the waist up. One of the officers even begins fondling her.
Candelaria, who has already been suspended, denied his role in the video and told El Mexicano that she did the strip tease on her own. “The judge had already ordered her released since she didn’t directly participate in the crime,” Candelaria reportedly said. “She’s a woman of the night.”
The fifteen officers have already been suspended, and according to Mayor Carlos Bustamente, they will likely be fired.
“We should establish a method of constant supervision to avoid these types of situations,” Huerta Martinez said.
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