7 Mexican federal police detained on extortion allegations

March 13, 2015

03/13/15 The Washington Post 

policemanMexican authorities said they detained seven more federal police officers Thursday in the northern border city of Matamoros in connection with an extortion investigation. A statement from the National Security Commission said the seven were taken into custody at the Matamoros airport. On Saturday, Mexican officials said soldiers and marines had detained 14 other federal police officers in Matamoros for kidnapping a businessman and demanding a $2 million (31 million peso) ransom. One was later released.

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Policing in Mexico

February 11, 2015

By Pedro Valenzuela, Mexico Institute intern

Police in Mexico.001In this info-graphic, the Mexico Institute compares state and municipal police numbers across the country. It also describes some of  the challenges that the police force in Mexico currently faces both at municipal and federal levels.

Click here to view or download the full image.

Mexico Missing: Protesters Try to Enter Army Base

January 14, 2015

BBC News, 01/13/2015

15798161092_6040394bb6_zRelatives and supporters of 43 Mexican students who disappeared in September in the south-western state of Guerrero tried to gain access to an army base in the town of Iguala on Monday.

The protesters demanded to be let in to search for the missing students.

They accuse the security forces of colluding in their disappearance.

Local police officers have confessed to handing the students over to a drugs gang, but they have not been seen since and their families are still searching.

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Mexico Police Held Over Abduction of Journalist Sanchez

January 9, 2015

1/8/2015 BBC News

police mexico scazonThirteen municipal police officers are being held in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz over the kidnapping of a journalist on 2 January.

Moises Sanchez was abducted from his home by armed men on 2 January.

Mr Sanchez works for a newspaper in the city of Medellin and is known for his coverage of drug-related violence.

The arrests come amid a series of horrific disappearances and murders in which the security forces are alleged to be involved.

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As Outrage over Iguala Continues, Mexican President Calls for Police Reform

December 16, 2014

12/13/2014 Fronteras Radio

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

Mexico’s president wants to change his country’s constitution to replace local police with state police. He also wants legal authority to take over municipal governments infiltrated by organized crime.

But ongoing protests and recent polls suggest Mexicans aren’t convinced the change will make a difference.

The move follows disgust in Mexico over a long delay by the federal government to investigate the murders of 43 college students….

Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, is quoted, stating “What Iguala has reminded Mexicans is that there are some really major parts of the foundations of the rule of law in the country that are still very weak.”

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Mexico finds mass graves with 28 bodies where students went missing

October 7, 2014

10/06/14 The Washington Post 

police in tjMassacres and mass graves are rarely a surprise in Mexico anymore. The nation’s drug gangs have periodically used them as a public intimidation tactic or to one-up their rivals with escalating displays of large-scale savagery. But the discovery Saturday of 28 bodies in a charred thicket on the outskirts of Iguala, a town 125 miles south of Mexico City, is a different kind of horror. The corpses turned up about a week after 43 college students vanished in the town while protesting new education laws. Some of the missing were last seen in the custody of local police.

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43 Missing Students, a Mass Grave and a Suspect: Mexico’s Police

October 7, 2014

10/06/14 New York Times 

schoolThey were farm boys who did well in school and took one of the few options available beyond the backbreaking work in the corn and bean fields of southern Mexico: enrolling in a local teachers college with a history of radicalism but the promise of a stable classroom job. Leonel Castro, 19, the oldest of seven siblings, vowed to use his salary to help his impoverished family. Júlio César, 19, thought he could run a school one day and ensure the best for the next generation. Adán Abraham de la Cruz, 23, wanted to put his computer skills to good use in the classroom. “He was just preparing himself to get ahead like any young person would do,” said Mr. de la Cruz’s father, Bernabé.

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