Mexico mayor tied to car and dragged along by angry locals

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10/09/19 – BBC News

Eleven people have been arrested in southern Mexico after the mayor of their village was dragged out of his office, tied to a pick-up truck and dragged through the streets.

Police intervened to free Mayor Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández, who reportedly suffered no major injuries.

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Mexico: Remittances as a crime-fighting weapon

08/28/14 Financial Times – Beyond brics

federal police mexicoMexico has a brand new police force, the gendarmería tasked with beefing up the country’s crackdown on crime.

But according to the Inter-American Development Bank(IDB), it may have a powerful crime-fighting weapon already: remittances.

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Media Roundup: Does Mexico Need A New Military-Style Police Force?

08/29/14 By Nathaniel Parish Flannery. Forbes

federal police mexicoAs the U.S. media grappled with the topic of the militarization of local police forces following the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri, Mexico launched a new police force called the Gendarmerie, a military style civilian policing unit. In the U.S. many journalists and academic analysts have looked at the rise of the policeman-soldier as a cause for alarm. In her August 19article for Vox Amanda Taub explains, “Americans have been watching in shock as images come out of Ferguson, Missouri that look more like the streets of a conflict zone in Iraq or a crackdown in China than a quiet suburb of St. Louis.” Likewise in the August 23 Curator podcast for Monocle 24 Gillian Dobias explains “The violence that beset Ferguson Missouri in the past week does have some peculiarly American characteristics, especially policemen who insist in dressing and acting like an occupying army instead of a police force.”

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Mexico Unveils New Police Force

08/25/14 The Wall Street Journal

federal police mexicoMexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated a new unit of the federal police force—a scaled-down version of what was initially planned as a larger, independent gendarmerie—that aims to protect key parts of the economy, like mining operations and farms, from drug gangs.

The new 5,000-strong force, modeled after similar units in France, Spain, Chile and elsewhere, was a key element of Mr. Peña Nieto’s public security strategy during his 2012 presidential campaign. Having criticized former President Felipe Calderón’s use of the army and navy to take on drug gangs, Mr. Peña Nieto and his team envisioned a new 40,000-strong force, with recruits drawn largely from the military, which would answer to civilian authorities and allow the army to return to the barracks.

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Fighting crime in Mexico: The Feds ride out

08/23/14 The Economist

machine gunSET beside a lake two hours’ drive from Mexico City, Valle de Bravo brands itself a Pueblo Mágico (“Magical Town”). Normally it is a place where the capital’s wealthy residents come to sail, jet ski and show off their SUVs. Now its cobbled streets look as if they had been cursed. It is patrolled by soldiers, marines and federal police bristling with machineguns. Holidaymakers stay away.

Everyone is responding to a spate of kidnappings in the town and the surrounding pine-covered mountains that serves as a reminder of how vulnerable parts of Mexico remain to violent crime—even the playgrounds of the rich. That is an impression President Enrique Peña Nieto has spent more than 18 months trying to dispel in his drive to reform the economy and attract foreign investment. On the rare occasions when he discusses crime, he argues that his security strategy is making the country safer.

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Mexico launches new police force to guard commerce

08/22/14 The Washington Post

Latitudes Press.Mexican avocados, on their journey to guacamole bowls the world over, often first pass through cartel-controlled farmlands, where extortion can raise prices, drag down the economy and put farmers at risk.

The same goes for limes from Michoacan, sorghum from Tamaulipas, shrimp from Sinaloa.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday announced the inauguration of a new police unit intended to protect the production chain and take on other unorthodox assignments.

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Mexico’s Police: Many Reforms, Little Progress

federal police mexicoWOLA, May 2014

For more than two decades, successive Mexican administrations have taken steps to create more professional, modern, and well-equipped police forces. While these reforms have included some positive elements, they have failed to establish strong internal and external controls over police actions, enabling a widespread pattern of abuse and corruption to continue. Recognizing the need for stronger controls over Mexico’s police, this report reviews Mexico’s police reforms, with a specific focus on accountability mechanisms, and provides recommendations for strengthening existing police reform efforts in order to establish rights-respecting forces that citizens can trust.

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Tijuana’s New Calm Shows Benefits of Local Policing in Mexico

Insight Crime, 5/24/2012

The leading candidates in Mexico’s presidential election all emphasize the need for a more centralized police force in order to combat organized crime, but the case of Tijuana suggests that strong local police may be far more effective in reducing drug-related violence.

Enrique Pena Nieto (PRI), the candidate favored to win the Mexican Presidency has argued for the creation of a paramilitary force of 40,000 former soldiers to combat drug cartels in the country. While this force is built, he would continue to use the Military to maintain order and combat drug cartels. Josefina Vasquez Mota (PAN) has stated that she will continue the efforts of the current president Felipe Calderon (PAN) and emphasize the role of the national police force. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the leftist PRD has stated that he too would continue to rely on the military in the fight against organized crime. In a recent debate he referred to the military as “indispensable,” but wanted to establish a more experienced national police force so that the army could return to its barracks.

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Many have argued that pacts were created between the police and cartels to eliminate the Teo faction. This may have been the case. But if Mexico’s leaders have an interest in reducing violence as they claim to, Tijuana appears to be a model. Local police forces in coordination with the military were able to eliminate the most violent cartel — possibly with the support of less violent cartels — and thus reduce overall levels of violence. A similar strategy arguing for the targeting of the most violent Mexican cartels on a national scale has been put forth by Eric Olson of the Woodrow Wilson center.

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279 Police Officers Found Linked To Cartels

Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego: Justice in Mexico Project, 10/4/11

From Veracruz to Monterrey, a small corruption investigation has created a domino effect in arrests of police officers with ties to cartel activity. A major police corruption ring was dismantled today after an investigation that exposed eighteen municipal police officers were working for the Zeta cartel in the areas of Acultzingo, Huiloapan, Rafael Delgado, Rio Blanco and Mendoza City, Veracruz. The sting operation was conducted from September 30th to October 3rd and provoked by an anonymous tip. The citizen complaint was further corroborated by naval intelligence that revealed the  town of Rancho Viejo in the City of Nogales, Veracruz, had police officers working for organized crime groups.  According to seized records, each police officer was paid a “salary” ranging from 2000 to 10,000 pesos. Yesterday, the Mexican Navy recovered locating an envelope stuffed with 10,000 pesos and a list of police officers and their pay for security and surveillance for the cartel while on-duty police officers.

Victor Osorio Santacruz, El Pantera, who served as deputy commander of the municipal police in Ciudad Mendoza was found to be a ranking official in the Zeta Cartel. Osorio’s job, like many of the officers arrested, was to  monitor the movements of federal police in the region. All arrestees have been turned over to the Attorney General’s Office of Veracruz.

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