AceShowbiz - Salma Hayek has called for justice for Giovanni Lopez after he was allegedly beaten to death by police because he wasn't wearing a mask during the Covid-19 crisis.
The "Frida" star, 53, took to Instagram amid ongoing tension between the public and law enforcement, to share a snap of herself wearing a black face mask that reads 'Justice for Giovanni' in red letters.
In the accompanying caption, she wrote, "Justice for Giovanni Lopez, who was detained in Mexico by 10 policemen for allegedly not wearing a mask."
Hayek said that Lopez "was eventually found shot in the leg and beaten to death" and insisted that "corruption and police brutality has to stop" - as Black Lives Matter protests continue across the U.S. in the wake of the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of white cops.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has also backed Lopez' case, which took place on May 4 when he was arrested in near Guadalajara for misdemeanour disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.
In a clip shared online, he was seen being placed in a police truck by multiple officers and was dead in a matter of hours while in police custody. No arrests have been made in the case as of yet.
His brother Christian Lopez previously told Latin US in a story published last month, May 2020 that Mayor Eduardo Cervantes promised he'd pay him $9,000 to not release footage of the arrest he recorded on his phone.
"The policemen came to carry out a raid to arrest people who did not have face masks. We were going to dinner and they came and assaulted us," Christian said. "My brother was grabbed by like ten policemen, myself as well, but I managed to get away and he was being beaten, tortured, choked there. At that moment I started recording."
State Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramirez said in response to the events, "I am also hurt, I am also indignant, I am also enraged that these happen in Mexico."