By ALBERTO ARCE, Associated Press
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — At least five times in the last few months, members of a Honduras street gang were killed or went missing just after run-ins with the U.S.-supported national police, The Associated Press has determined, feeding accusations that they were victims of federal death squads.
In a country with the highest homicide rate in the world and where only a fraction of crimes are prosecuted, the victims' families say the police are literally getting away with murder.
The accusations create a dilemma for the United States, which has given an estimated $30 million in aid to Honduran law enforcement in the last two years: The police are essential to fighting crime in a country that has become a haven for drug-runners.
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