Cops on Hook for Fatal Mexico Stampede

12 dead after police drug raid sparks nightclub panic
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2008 1:36 PM CDT
Cops on Hook for Fatal Mexico Stampede
Relatives mourn the death of Alejandro Piedra, 14, in Mexico City, Saturday, June 21, 2008. Piedra died Friday after a police raid triggered a stampede inside a nightclub in Mexico City.   (AP Photo)

Mexico City has suspended the cops who triggered a nightclub stampede that left twelve dead on Friday, CNN reports. Responding to reports of alcohol and drugs sold to minors, the police sparked a riot when the raid was announced. Police made "serious errors" in the operation, Mexico City's mayor said, but club owners "acted with evident irresponsibility and outside the law." (More Mexico stories.)

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