Mexico City, January 10, 2018--Authorities in Mexico's Guerrero state should thoroughly and credibly investigate alleged police violence against a reporter in the town of La Concepción on January 7, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Photographer Bernandino Hernández, who contributes to The Associated Press and the Mexican photo agency Cuartoscuro, told CPJ on January 8 that state police beat him up after he took photos of government officers beating several members of the community police force including some who were unarmed.
During the course of the shootout, state police began attacking journalists, three reporters who were present at the scene told CPJ.
Sergio Robles, Francisco Robles, and Hernández told CPJ that they recognized some of the state police from past assignments.
Patricia Colchero, the head of the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, confirmed to CPJ on January 9 that Mexican authorities assigned federal police to temporarily guard Hernández's home.