Mexico must pay police much more to end violence: presidential candidate

07/27/2017 Reuters

Mexican Police officer with machine gun by flickr user dream2lifeMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico must significantly improve police pay and conditions to end chronic drug gang violence plaguing the country, said a former foreign minister now running for the presidency.

Latin America’s second biggest economy is on course to register its highest murder tally this year since modern records began, with violence encroaching into areas relatively unaffected before, including the capital, Mexico City.

Presidential candidate Luis Ernesto Derbez, who was economy minister and then foreign minister in the 2000-2006 administration of Vicente Fox, said Mexico must crack down on rampant impunity and overhaul the police to turn the tide.

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