Mexico arrests town's police force 'over mayoral candidate's murder'

An entire police force of 28 officers has been arrested over the murder of a mayoral candidate in western Mexico.

Each officer from the town of Ocampo was cuffed, disarmed, and interrogated by internal affairs officials of the Mexican Secretariat of Public Security.

They are being investigated for possible involvement in the assassination of local mayoral candidate Fernando Angeles Juarez on Thursday.

The town of Ocampo's entire police force of 28 officers has been arrested over the murder of a mayoral candidate in western Mexico

The town of Ocampo's entire police force of 28 officers has been arrested over the murder of a mayoral candidate in western Mexico

Each officer was cuffed, disarmed, and interrogated by internal affairs officials of the Mexican Secretariat of Public Security

Each officer was cuffed, disarmed, and interrogated by internal affairs officials of the Mexican Secretariat of Public Security

The 64-year-old anti-corruption campaigner was gunned down outside his home in Ocampo by unknown shooters.

Photos in local media show the officers lined on the floor lying face down with their hands cuffed behind their backs.

They were officially being investigated for potential violations of the police code of conduct but authorities didn't give more details.

Mr Juarez was the third politician to be killed in the state of Michoacan in 10 days, and within 24 hours of one of them, Omar Gomez Lucatero.

More than 100 politicians have been murdered in Mexico ahead of next week's general election on July 1.

Ocampo's 28 police and the local public security secretary were arrested by federal forces on Sunday morning. 

Local mayoral candidate Fernando Angeles Juarez, 64, was gunned down outside his home on Thursday

Local mayoral candidate Fernando Angeles Juarez, 64, was gunned down outside his home on Thursday

Relatives of Mr Juarez carry his coffin during his funeral in Ocampo on Thursday

Relatives of Mr Juarez carry his coffin during his funeral in Ocampo on Thursday

'All of the officers are being interviewed in accordance with the law,' a secretariat of Public Security statement said.

Following Mr Juarez's murder, local authorities accused Ocampo's public security secretary Oscar Gonzalez Garcia of being involved.

Local police officers prevented federal agents from arresting him on Saturday, leading to a standoff that saw the federales back down.

They returned with reinforcements the next morning and detained Mr Garcia and the police who protected

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