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Mexico's top police chief out after execution allegations

FILE - In this May 22, 2015, file photo, Federal police stand near the bodies of men who authorities say were suspected cartel gunmen at the Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico. Mexico's president dismissed the chief of the federal police force Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, less than two weeks after the country's human rights commission released a scathing report alleging federal police executed at least 22 suspected drug cartel members during a raid on the ranch. (AP Photo/Oscar Pantoja Segundo, File)

FILE - In this May 22, 2015, file photo, Federal police stand near the bodies of men who authorities say were suspected cartel gunmen at the Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico. Mexico's president dismissed the chief of the federal police force Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, less than two weeks after the country's human rights commission released a scathing report alleging federal police executed at least 22 suspected drug cartel members during a raid on the ranch. (AP Photo/Oscar Pantoja Segundo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Mexico's president has dismissed the chief of the federal police less than two weeks after the country's human rights commission released a scathing report alleging federal police executed suspected drug cartel members.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Monday that President Enrique Pena Nieto decided to remove Enrique Galindo following recent events to allow for a transparent investigation.

Earlier this month, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission announced that its investigation found that at least 22 people were arbitrarily killed by police on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan on May 22, 2015. The report alleged police planted guns on some suspects and moved some bodies.

Galindo and National Security Commissioner Renato Sales had said they accepted the commission's recommendations, but denied that police executed anyone.