More than a dozen police killed in ambush in violent Mexican state

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10/14/19 – Reuters

By Miguel Gutierrez and Dave Graham

Suspected cartel hitmen shot dead more than a dozen police in an ambush in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, authorities said on Monday, in one of the bloodiest attacks on security forces since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office.

The ministry for public security said the attack was carried out in the municipality of Aguililla in Michoacan, a state that has long been convulsed by turf wars between drug gangs, notably the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and its enemies.

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Mexico arrests 32 policemen for alleged organised crime ties

07/28/14 Telegraph

police mexico scazonMore than 30 police officers have been arrested in Mexico for alleged organised crime ties and possible involvement in the killing of fellow cops, authorities said on Sunday.

Those detained include a former top public safety chief from the town of Tarimbaro, an ex-commander of the same unit and 18 more active duty agents, a public safety source in the troubled state of Michoacan said.

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Headlines from Mexico

07/21/14

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1. This weekend, the Senate approved changes to the regulatory framework of the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE by its acronym in Spanish) and PEMEX as part of the new legislation of the Energy Reform. Among the main changes are the following: it provides technical, operational and managerial autonomy to both companies, thereby reducing the administrative burden to which they were subject. Furthermore, the labor rights of workers are protected and the unions are allowed to remain as key players in the decisions of both companies. Specifically for PEMEX, it facilitates the creation of various subsidiaries to operate a variety of hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation projects; meanwhile, authorizes the CFE to provide private firms access to the national transmission and distribution electric network.

This is the third set of changes approved by the Senate. The fourth and final set of legislative changes are expected to be discussed during this week. The changes are still pending discussion and approval in the lower house of the Mexican Congress.

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2. The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS for its acronym in Spanish) and the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE for its acronym in Spanish) are facing budgetary pressures due to large pension obligations. According to the Ministry of Finance, over 50% of their annual expenditure goes directly to pension payments, which could threaten their financial viability in the long term according to experts. Several voices from the academic and private sectors have called to take action to address the problem of the national pension system. Several state and municipal governments are facing similar challenges.

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3. Following a confrontation between residents and police in Puebla, one child died. On July 9th, there was a clash between residents of San Bernardino Chalchihuapan and state police in Atlixco-Puebla highway. Protesters blocked both directions of the road and were asking for the return of the Civil Registry Office to the municipal council.  Members of the state police forced them to leave, which led to a confrontation that resulted in four people arrested, 18 injured policemen and a seriously injured child, who later died at the hospital. Controversy surrounds the case: the boy’s mother accused the state police of hurting her son with a rubber bullet, while the state government blamed the protesters. The Secretary of Public Safety rejected the notion that the state police used rubber bullets in the confrontation. Puebla’s State Government requested the Attorney General’s Office to deal with the matter in order to determine responsibility for injuries to the minor.

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Mexico to Purge State, Local Police of 65,000 Officers

InSight Crime, 9/18/12

Mexico’s government announced it will remove some 65,000 police officers from state and municipal ranks, a move which might boost the ranks of criminal groups seeking new recruits.

Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire stated during a visit to Washington D.C. that of the 180,000 state and municipal police who have had background checks, 65,000 (36 percent) were found to be unfit to serve, reported Informador.

There are currently a total of 430,000 state and municipal officers serving throughout Mexico. Poire added that the aim is to have carried out checks on every one by some point next year.

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Town’s Entire Police Force Held for Investigation

Fox News Latino, 10/10/11

More than 100 officers, the entire police force of the town of Linares, Mexico –75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of the northern industrial city of Monterrey — were herded into buses and driven to a nearby town, Linares Mayor Francisco Medina Quintanilla told Milenio Television on Sunday.

They are being held for investigation of possible corruption and ties to organized crime. Mexican soldiers and Nuevo Leon state police are patrolling instead. The detention of more than 100 officers comes after a rise in kidnapping and extortion in the area. A series of investigations in other towns already has put hundreds of officers in custody.

The military action comes as Monterrey and the surrounding region have been the scene of an ongoing war between the Zetas and Golfo drug cartels.

Mexico: Police Allow Drug Gang To Hold Kidnap Victims In Jail

The Huffington Post, 10/7/11

An official in northern Mexico says local policemen allowed a drug gang to use a municipal jail to hold kidnap victims, apparently while ransom payments were being negotiated.

The security spokesman in northern Nuevo Leon state says four police officers from a suburb of the city of Monterrey are being held pending investigations into the case.

Jorge Domene said Thursday the scheme came to light this week when state and federal police freed two kidnap victims from jail cells in the Monterrey suburb of Benito Juarez.

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3-Battered state vows to solve Mexican security woes

Reuters, 8/28/11

Despite suffering one of the worst attacks on civilians in Mexico for years, the state of Nuevo Leon is undaunted because it believes a radical police overhaul will soon start winning the drug war.

In an interview with Reuters, Nuevo Leon Interior Minister Javier Trevino said the state had a plan to beat organized crime — starting with getting rid of half the police force, much of which had been corrupted by money from cartels.

“There are some municipalities here that used to have 800 (police officers) and now they have 80. Why? Because we started cleaning up and firing people and putting them in jail,” Trevino said late Saturday. “Then we started from scratch.”

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Mexican snobs beat, insult cop, raise debate

Associated Press, 8/26/11

An odd instance of police abuse in which two snobby women shoved, slapped and insulted a cop has captured Mexico’s attention and sparked debate on police tactics, gender and class issues.

Almost a week after the incident, one of the women was detained Friday and charged with resisting officers, insulting authorities and discrimination. She was released on her own recognizance because the charges are not considered serious. The other woman was being sought.

Tapes of the late-night confrontation on Aug. 20 in the upscale Mexico City neighborhood of Polanco became a hit on social networking and video-sharing sites, exposing Mexicans’ frustration with both the arrogant rich and ineffectual police. The press have given the aggressive pair the ironic nickname “The Ladies of Polanco.”

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Mexican Panel Finds Law Enforcement Violations in Drug War

Associated Press, 8/12/11

Mexican soldiers and police officers regularly burst into homes, plant evidence and take people’s possessions, the National Human Rights Commission said Friday, adding that the violations have increased as Mexico’s war against drug gangs has grown more intense.

The actions by the security forces drew renewed attention this week when police officers searching for an accused leader of a drug gang stormed into the home of a gentle poet, breaking windows and doors and emptying closets and drawers.

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Whole 20-man police force quits in north Mexico town after attack by gunmen kill 3 officers

Washington Post, 8/4/11

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — An entire 20-man police force resigned in a northern Mexican town after a series of attacks that killed the police chief and five officers over the last three months, state officials said Thursday.

The officers’ resignation Thursday left the 13,000 people of Ascension without local police services, Chihuahua state chief prosecutor Carlos Manuel Salas said. State and federal police have moved in to take over police work, he said.

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