La Opinión, 12/3/2008
Replacing Tijuana’s Secretary of Public Security, Alberto Capella Ibarra, is a response to the wave of violence that has taken more than 360 lives in this border city since September. The appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Julián Leyzaola Pérez, formerly Tijuana’s Municipal Police Chief, and of First Captain Gustavo Huerta Martínez to Pérez’s post, reinforces the military’s presence in the city.
Soldiers patrol the streets, but this has not slowed the bloody war between the Arellano Félix gang and the Sinaloa Cartel, which is killing the innocent as well as the guilty. We are concerned whenever an army takes on the role of police for which it is usually not prepared. This raises red flags regarding the respect for human rights, which must not be ignored in this situation either.