Club Stampede Cops Suspended
This is a follow-up to patgarcia's nightclub stampede story: The police who stormed a Mexico City nightclub are now suspended and under investigation for mishandling the raid, which resulted in the deaths of twelve people.
Mexico City's mayor, Marcelo Ebard, said that there "were serious errors" in the police operation and that those at fault would be held accountable, according to a report in The Universal newspaper. But he also said the club's operators "acted with evident irresponsibility and outside the law."
"The city is in mourning," he said.
Neither Ebard nor Ortega said how many officials had been suspended.
Thirty-nine people were arrested during the raid, including the owner of the club, who is accused of instigating the stampede by announcing the raid on a microphone inside the club. He was also accused of not having enough emergency exits.
Some witnesses said police used tear gas, prompting the stampede inside. Ortega denied those reports.