The Teenager Arrested, Beaten and Strung up by the Police


José Adrián was on his way home from school when he passed by the aftermath of a fight. Police arrived at the scene but José Adrián was the only one singled out. Police threw him against their car, and an officer stepped on his neck. He was taken to the police station without his parents and hung up by handcuffs.

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José Adrián went through all this alone. What’s worse, when his parents arrived, they were forced to pay a fine they couldn’t afford and cover the cost of repairs to the police car.

Because of what happened to him, José Adrián had to drop out of school for a year. He no longer enjoys going outside. José Adrián is Mayan – in Mexico, as in many parts of the world, indigenous peoples face many forms of discrimination.

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