Mexico City’s police chief has resigned following criticism about his department’s arrests of people protesting the disappearance of 43 college students.
Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera said Friday that Public Security Secretary Jesús Rodríguez Almeida had submitted his resignation, but Mancera did not offer a reason.
The capital has been the site of regular demonstrations since students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa were taken by police in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26 and allegedly turned over to gang members.
One of the largest marches occurred November 20. It was wholly peaceful until a confrontation broke out between a small number of people and police. Eleven were arrested and sent to federal prisons. Days later a judge found there wasn’t enough evidence to support their arrests.