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06/14/2012

Police do narco bidding in Jalisco

This video from Jan. 20 shows incontrovertible proof that police officers in parts of Jalisco state collude with organized crime. In the images, which were released by authorities Wednesday night, one sees at least four uniformed police officers arriving at a hotel in the city of Lagos de Moreno.

They go into the hotel, speak at the front desk, then pull at least three men from their rooms, marching them in their underwear to the back of a pickup truck. Lurking about are other gunmen, clearly gangsters, who oversee the operation.

The victims were strangled, beaten and killed. Five of six hours later, their bodies turn up near the city's main square.

It's far from the first time that municipal police have proven to be on the payroll of organized crime. Whole police forces have been sacked for it. But the video puts on full display the connivance of corrupt officers who lead these three men to their death. The victims were from Coahuila state, and this AP story indicates that the local gangsters -- the Jalisco New Generation -- may have thought they were from a rival gang.

So there you have it: Police officers upholding the law, the law of the jungle, that is.

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trav

P.S. STAY STRONG IN YOUR REPORTING I AS AM A PERSON VERY CLOSE AT HEART WITH THE MEXICAN PEOPLE AS WELL AS MY PEOPLE...JUST GOD SPEED AND KEEP UP THE OUTSTANDING WORK YOU DO....THANK YOU,,,GOD SPEED

trav

WHY..... CAN'T THEY (CARTELL;S) JUST SETTEL DOWN..WE IN AMERICA ARE THE DEMAND UNFORTUNITLY BUT THE CRIMES AGAINST THE INOSENT ARE WAYYYY OUT OF LINE...PEACE IN MEXICO ....PLEASE LORD
AMEN...

Tim J

Hi Barry, I'm afraid that after having followed news closely here for several years I have lost trust in municipal police except for perhaps in the very largest cities. They are too easily bought off by gangsters. I assure you: Do not trust that they will be of help to visitors in general or Mexicans at large. Thousands of them have been purged for corruption already.

Bummer

Any gang member seeing this video will think twice when the Mexican police knock on the door of their hotel room or home. Surrender or shoot it out. For that matter, anyone in Mexico will wonder if the policia has their name on a death list prepared by a drug cartel. Life is too cheap in Mexico.

Barry

Aren't you the least bit worried about writing this? The press has notoriously been fair game for Mexican drug cartels, and this story should pretty much guarantee that the cops won't be of any help to you at all.

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