Mexico Disarms Local Police in Pacific Tourist Destination

5/17/2017 New York Times

federal police mexicoMEXICO CITY — Federal and state authorities have detained 60 people and disarmed local police infiltrated by organized crime in the Pacific coast tourist destination of Zihuatanejo, state authorities said.

Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said authorities also detained and disarmed 42 men who were uniformed and carrying weapons, but weren’t accredited police officers, and three actual police officers were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of links to organized crime. He said an additional 15 officers who had failed confidence tests, but were found to still be armed, were also detained.

Relatives of some of the detained men protested and clashed with soldiers outside police headquarters.

The army and state police will take over public safety duties in the city until the entire police force can be investigated, Alvarez said.

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