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.