A protester in Guadalajara set a police officer on fire on Friday (June 5) while protesting the case of Giovanni Lopez, a construction worker who died in police custody in Jalisco last month after reportedly being detained by municipal officers for not wearing a face mask to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The protester can be seen setting fire to flammable liquid on the back of a police officer as he mounted his motorbike.
According to local media reports, the police officer was treated in hospital with burns to his neck and left side.
The local government said in a statement that they condemn the attack on the police officer. He is in a stable condition and they are monitoring his recovery.
Inspired by the case of George Floyd, a black American man who died in Minneapolis last month after a white police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest, protests over police abuses have flared up in other parts of the world.
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