Mexico Police Killings Illustrate Failures of Vigilantism in Michoacán

5/29/2017 InSight Crime

michoacanenglishPolice forces in Mexico’s state of Michoacán have increasingly been subject to attacks, a reminder of the ongoing security crisis affecting the region and the government’s shortsighted response to local vigilante groups.

At least seven attacks against law enforcement have been carried out in Mexico’s western state of Michoacán since September 2016, five of which resulted in officers’ deaths, reported Excelsior.

The violence has targeted local police directors, deputy directors and former chiefs, and has taken place in the municipalities of Villamar, Turicato, Penjamillo, Tiquicheo, Sahuayo and Ziracuaretiro.

While authorities are yet to identify the individuals behind the attacks, many of the incidents reportedly followed a similar pattern, with heavily armed men ambushing the officers’ cars on public roads.

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