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Wave of violence in Guanajuato left 51 police officers killed in the first half of 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the distancing measures, and the closure of public places due to the measures adopted by the National Day of Sana Distancia, the violence in Guanajuato remained active, as the state registered more than fifty police killings.

During the first six months of 2020, the state governed by Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo recorded a total of 51 homicides committed against police officers, according to El Universal numbers.

They also revealed that among the departments with the most elements killed in attacks or ambushes, the city of Celaya ranks first, where they recorded 16 police killings, followed by Silao with eight.

Homicides have tripled in Guanajuato, but the number of police, prosecutors, judges, and crime experts has not increased; in some cases, it even decreased, according to Animal Político.

During 2016 the Guanajuato Prosecutor’s Office had 1,749 officials to investigate crimes, but by 2019 this number was reduced to 1,691. This resulted in an estimation that 9 out of 10 homicides went unpunished.

In other units, they assured that from 2016 to 2018 the number of experts increased from 162 to 200, but in 2019 they decreased to 189. Forensic doctors, for example, decreased in 2018 to 2019 from 110 to 100 in total.

The crime of homicide in the territory, in addition, had a growth during the last four years. The figure went from 1,096 victims of intentional homicides in 2016 to add 3,540 victims in 2019, an increase of 222%.

The last attacks against police officers were recorded early Monday, June 29, 2020 in Silao, where three police officers were executed. The deaths were allegedly attributed to the cartel leader Antonio Yépez Ortiz, “El Marro” through a video.

According to Yépez, the attempt to arrest his mother after he was released from prison was the result of the union between the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel and the Silao police, for which he responded with violence in the State.

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