Mexican Cops under probe for U.S. detainee death
El Universal |
August 30, 2005
Several police officers are being investigated in connection with the death of a U.S. citizen earlier this month at a jail in Ensenada, on the Pacific coast about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of San Diego, a U.S. consular official said Monday.
Pauline Baeza, 20, originally of Orange County, California, was arrested Aug. 9 after Ensenada police received two reports that she had been behaving in an aggressive, disoriented manner in public, said Liza Davis, a representative of the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana.
An autopsy by Mexican authorities showed that Baeza later died of blunt force trauma that caused a brain hemorrhage while in jail, Davis said.
Authorities have obtained a security videotape showing that Baeza was held in the air as authorities tried to subdue her. She was dropped and hit her head.
Officials at the public prosecutor's office in Ensenada could not be reached for comment on Monday.
"They do believe that there was some police contribution to (Baeza's) death," Davis said.
Baeza's remains have been repatriated to family members in California.