Violent Gun Battle in Acapulco Results in 11 People Killed

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Acapulco is known for its getaway beach resorts but in recent years violent drug crime has ranked it one of Mexico's most dangerous cities. 

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Acapulco is the biggest city in the southern state of Guerrero, the state where 43 students went missing in 2014. On Sunday a three-way gun battle between Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC), the Mexican federal and state police, and local residents, resulted in the death of 11 people. After gunshots were heard CRAC members, an all-volunteer community police force, rushed to the scene but a group of armed men triggered a shootout where eight residents were killed, two of them CRAC members.

Federal and state police officers arrived at the scene of the crime but this resulted in a new gunfight where three CRAC community officers were shot for refusing to obey orders. 30 CRAC community officers were taken into custody a spokesman for Attorney General Xavier Olea Pelaez told reporters. According to CBS News federal police did not want coverage of the arrests. Photojournalist Bernandino Hernandez said that while covering the violence he was beaten, kicked and dragged by state police and forcibly relieved of his camera's memory cards. He added, "Some [locals] were dragged by the hair to take them away."

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Mexico is becoming more and more one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.