A man who was killed by a police officer for wearing a Guayaban shirt has been identified as Pedro Pacheco, a 22-year-old from the state of Puerto Rico.
The arrest came after the public prosecutor’s office announced that the case against the man was being reopened after he had not been formally charged.
Pacheco’s brother and another brother were detained on Monday on charges of “attempting to commit a criminal offence” after they were arrested in the state’s capital, Puerto Vallarta, on Saturday.
The brother was reportedly involved in the theft of a car and the brother’s wife was arrested on charges that she was part of a drug trafficking ring.
Pablo Pachecos, the man’s brother, said that his brother was an aspiring musician who was studying at a university in Puerto Vallantes when he was arrested.
Perez Pachecos said his brother, who is from Guayabe, was a member of the group known as the Guayabalos, which is composed of young, well-off people from Puerto Rico and neighboring Dominica.
Pochecos, who said he was still under police protection, said he had no idea why the arrest was made.
“We don’t know who was behind the arrest, but we are convinced that this is a case of police brutality,” Pacheca said.
Puerto Rico’s Public Prosecutor’s Office said on Monday that Pedro Pachco had been detained on charges including “attacking the public security apparatus”.
In a statement, the office said Pacheo was arrested “after the police found an article he had stolen and was found in possession of” on his mobile phone.
“The article he stole was a Guayanese shirt, the same one he was wearing on the day of the arrest,” the statement read.
Pachco, who had been in custody since the arrest and was being held at the National Autonomous University of Puerto Vallante, was released on bail on Monday and is expected to appear before the court on Monday.
He will appear in court on Wednesday.
Pampas police department had said in a statement that Pachea’s arrest “was made as a consequence of an investigation into the theft” of a white SUV belonging to a police force in Puerto Rico’s central state of Vieques.