Tuesday, 23. September 2014
29. 08. 14. - 15:45
A family who filmed highway police putting the squeeze on them for a bribe have become internet heroes in Mexico.
Furious mum Rosario Escudero refused to hand over a penny when they tried to levy 'fines' for a series of petty alleged offences.
The final straw was when the State Highway Patrol officers in Villahermosa, a city in southern Mexico, asked her to pay an on the spot penalty for having tinted windows, which is not an offence in Mexico.
A film of the angry encounter shows the frustrated cops attacking the family.
Mum Rosario suffered a nosebleed after being struck by an officer later identified by local media as Morales Cano.
Now the family have been hailed as heroes across Mexico, where crooked cops are a way of life for many citizens.
After seeing the video shot by Rosario's daughter Ingrid and then uploaded onto the internet, one online viewer said: "It's about time people fought back. They have no right to this petty thieving."
"The police behave like animals. They are criminals themselves, they are always accepting bribes, they are only out to line their own pockets.
"But this kind of violence against an innocent family is inexcusable."
A city police spokesman said: "We have seen the film and identified all the officers. We are investigating the complaint."
Police corruption in Mexico is widespread and it is very common for police officers to accept bribes to turn a blind eye to crime.
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