Head of Mexico’s federal police force resigns

Mexican Police officer with machine gun by flickr user dream2lifeNews Observer, 3/16/14

The Mexican official in charge of the nation’s federal police force has resigned. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong says Manuel Mondragon is stepping down as head of the National Security Commission but will continue to work with the department on strategy.

Osorio Chong announced the resignation Sunday on his Twitter account but did not say why Mondragon quit. Mondragon was in charge of forming a new gendarmerie proposed by President Enrique Pena Nieto to fight common crime. The 5,000-officer force was supposed to have been on the streets by the end of last year but Mondragon announced last summer that it wouldn’t be ready until mid-2014.

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Mexico Drug War: List Of Missing Raises Doubts In Mexico

Huffington Post, 12/22/2012

police mexico scazonFederal police officer Luis Angel Leon Rodriguez disappeared in 2009 along with six fellow police as they headed to the western state of Michoacan to fight drug traffickers. Since then, his mother, Araceli Rodriguez, has taken it into her own hands to investigate her son’s disappearance and has publicized the case inside and outside Mexico. She’s found some clues about what happened but still doesn’t have any certainty about her son’s whereabouts.

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High-ranking Mexico police officer arrested in CIA attack case

Los Angeles Times, 11/13/2012

The Mexican federal prosecutor’s office announced Tuesday that a high-ranking federal police officer had been arrested in the case of two CIA operatives who were attacked south of Mexico City in August. He is the 15th member of the federal police to be detained in the incident.

Federal Police Inspector General Juan Manuel Pacheco Salgado was arrested Monday on suspicion of giving false information during the investigation of an attack  in which Mexican police officers fired more than 100 bullets into the CIA operatives’ SUV, according to a spokesperson for the federal prosecutor’s office.

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Mexico charges 14 federal police over attack on US officers

Reuters, 11/9/2012

Mexico on Friday formally charged 14 federal police officers with attempted murder for an August attack on two U.S. agents, identified by sources as CIA agents, that embarrassed the Mexican government with its powerful northern neighbor. Mexican security sources have placed responsibility for the attack on corrupt police working in cahoots with drug gangs.

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Impunity and human rights, pending Federal Police [Op-Ed, in Spanish]

Raúl Benítez Manaut, CNN Mexico, 9/3/2012

An opinion piece on the facts of the Tres Marias shooting.

The incident at Tres Marias, Morelos on August 24th, which involved an alleged attack of the Federal Police (PF) against a diplomatic vehicle with three crew-presumably two of them CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), according to U.S. sources quoted in newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post, and a member of the Navy of Mexico,has left many open questions about the performance of the PF in the war on drugs and the impunity of its members, and the presence CIA of providing training to members of the Navy of Mexico.

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