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Mexico City police chief resigns over student death protests

By Danielle Haynes

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Mexico City's chief of police resigned Friday amid criticism about how the department handled protests over the deaths of 43 students in September.

Public Security Secretary Jesus Rodriguez Almeida stepped down effective immediately, Mexico City Mayor Angel Mancera announced.

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The move came after the city's police department came under fire for alleged abuse during demonstrations over the disappearance and apparent death of 43 college students in Guerrero state. Lawyers for 11 people who were arrested during the demonstrations had called for Almeida's resignation.

He didn't give a reason for stepping down.

Protests have rocked the country since the students disappeared in September. Those held in Mexico City were considered to be largely peaceful with isolated pockets of violence.

Three gang members confessed to killing the students under orders from Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, who allegedly wanted to stop the students from protesting a political event.

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