Mexico City's chief of police has been threatened and accused of being a drug dealer in a video featuring three masked men just four days after he
Mexico City’s chief of police has been threatened and accused of being a drug dealer in a video featuring three masked men just four days after he survived an assassination attempt.
Omar García Harfuch suffered three gunshot wounds, while two police officers and a civilian were killed in an ambush attack allegedly linked to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
Now, a video has been released featuring masked men, where García Harfuch is accused of corruption.
‘For Harfuch: you forgot that you killed our family [criminal organization members] with [cops]. We have not forgotten. You have hidden yourself in a ‘badge’, as your father did. Repentant drug trafficker parents,’ one of the men said as he read a statement.
The other two other individuals stood in the background, near a copy of the missive which was printed on a large piece of cloth that was attached to a wall.
‘Your father [José García] was also dedicated to killing people, shielded as a general.’
Still image from a video published on YouTube on Tuesday in which a man (center) read a statement and accused Mexico City police chief Omar García Harfuch of being a drug dealer. The men did not say which criminal organization they are a part of. García Harfuch survived an assassination attempt last Friday and accused the Jalisco New Generation Cartel
Mexico City police chief Omar García Harfuch (left) at his hospital bed during a visit with mayor Claudia Sheinbaum
José Armando ‘El Vaca’ Briseño (pictured) is one of the people arrested in connection with last Friday’s attack in Mexico City against police chief Omar García Harfuch. El Vaca, an alleged member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, has been identified as the mastermind of the failed assassination plot
In the video, which was uploaded to a YouTube account under the username Lalo Perez, the man accused Mexico City’s top cop of being involved with drug trafficking.
‘They should audit you, Harfuch, and your nephews, the children of Javier García Paniagua, one of the biggest traffickers who supported you to have good government positions.’
It is unknown if the video was filmed before assassins – allegedly hired by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel – launched its war-like assault against a convoy transporting García Harfuch last Friday morning in the Mexico City neighborhood of Lomas de Chaputelpec.
The individuals in the video did not say if they were also members of the Jalisco-based cartel, whose leader Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera is wanted by the United States, who are offering $10million for information leading to his arrest.
Pictured: Local media reported that this image shows the Mexico City police chief being treated at the scene by paramedics. Harfuch was shot three times and one of his bodyguards died trying to protect him
Pictured: Weapons recovered from the scene which were reportedly used by the heavily armed gunmen when they attacked the Mexico City police chief this morning
‘You think you’re very smart, but I’m going to show you that I’m smarter than you,’ the man said. ‘We don’t mess with family, if not we would have already hit you where it hurts the most. I tell the president to leave people like you out, who exposes innocent agents who do not know that they take care of a drug dealer with ‘badge,’ who is dedicated to killing for pay and charges dearly.’
The shootout left three people dead – 26-year-old street vendor and married mother of two girls, Gabriela Gómez, and two police officers, identified as Edgar, 47, and Rafael, 41, who were assigned to García Harfuch’s security detail unit.
Authorities have so far arrested 17 people, including José Armando ‘El Vaca’ Briseño who was identified as the mastermind of the attack.
El Vaca, or The Cow, is reportedly a member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and oversaw a squad of assassins who operated out of the Jalisco municipality of Tonalá.
The gang members also said the government should investigate Mexico City police chief Omar García Harfuch for his ties to drug trafficking organization without naming any in particular
Criminologists work with the evidence in the crime zone where Mexico City top cop Omar García Harfuch was the victim of an attack last Friday which left two police officers and a female merchant dead
View of the weapons used by an armed group to attack Mexico City’s police chief
Hours after the attack, García Harfuch, who was stuck three times, accused the cartel of carrying out the attack.
The Mexico City prosecutor’s office secured two cellphones from Briseño, but none of the devices revealed any details into the failed assassination attempt in which the gunmen fired more than 400 shots with .50 caliber sniper rifles.
Briseño was sleeping at a home in the Mexico City municipality of Tláhuac when the police detained Friday evening. He said he was never near Lomas de Chaputelpec – an hour drive from where he was arrested – when the attack took place.
Pictured are the 12 men who participated in last Friday morning’s attack against the police chief of Mexico City
Mexican newspaper El Universal reported that investigators are holding on to the hopes that one of the other 16 individuals will confirm their theory and accuse him of orchestrating the shooting.
Hours after the attack, Mexico’s National Intelligence Agency had confirmed that it knew of an imminent attack that was being planned against high-ranking police official a week prior to the the attack on García Harfuch after it got wind of a recording that involved alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said intelligence officials also intercepted a call in which the cartel spoke about attacking other government officials, including Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard; Santiago Nieto, chief of the Financial Intelligence Unit; and Durazo as well
Investigators search the scene of last Friday’s war-like assault that was reportedly launched by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel against a convoy that was transporting the chief of Mexico City’s police force