Honduras Death Squads Denied, US-Backed Police Claimed To Murder Gang Members

Honduras Death Squads Denied, US-Backed Police Claimed To Murder Gang Members

Honduras death squads have been denied by the police chief and a five-star general after some people claimed the police murdered street kids and gang members.

At least several times this year, members of a Honduras street gang named the 18th Street gang, and the Mara Salvatrucha, claimed their members went missing or were killed after facing off against national police. These incidences have led to allegations of Honduras death squads, where police are intentionally murdering gang members.

The worst incident occurred in March of 2013, when the gang members claimed Honduras death squads surrounded several young men while armed and masked. The bodies of the young men were later found by families. Their hands had been bound so tightly the cords cut to the bone and they had been shot in the head.

The troubling part is that the United States sends $30 million in aid in order to support the Honduras police force. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield didn’t confirm or deny the rumors of Honduras death squads, but he did say the situation was tricky:

“The option is that if we don’t work with the police, we have to work with the armed forces, which almost everyone accepts to be worse than the police in terms of… taking matters in their own hands. Although the national police may have its defects at the moment, it is the lesser evil.”

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