Corruption at all levels of law enforcement within Mexico

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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.

 El Diario (Ciudad Juarez ed.)  9/25/08
–   The lifeless bodies of six persons murdered by gunfire were found yesterday in various parts of of Chihuahua, four of them in Chihuahua City, the state’s capital.
–   (This was logged in at 01:09 AM, Juarez time today) : Four more murders took place in the Juarez area yesterday, bringing the year’s total to 998.
–   (This was logged in at 09:15 AM, Juarez time today) : A man fell victim to a number of gunshots while at the garage of his house. This raises the count to 999 homicides in Juarez this year.
El Imparcial  (Hermosillo, Sonora)  9/25/08
Two police officers from Navolato, Sinaloa, are among the eight persons murdered in Culiacan and adjacent Navolato in less than fourteen hours.
El Universal  (Mexico City)  9/25/08
“At least” 150 agents of the State of Mexico’s AG’s Dep’t. (note:  there is a state within Mexico that is called “Mexico”) have been charged with criminal activity including taking part in kidnapping gangs. Eight other members of the State’s Security Agency have also been charged with similar activities, while 74 other police officers were discharged for corruption and 12 others due to consumption of drugs.
Another 100 members of that agency are under investigation for extortion “and other acts of corruption.”
Excelsior (Mexico City)  9/25/08
In Chihuahua, the first 46 city and state police officers have been fired out of the 500 who failed a “trustworthiness” exam administered by the Federal Dep’t of Public Security. 20 Ciudad Juarez police officers were notified of their dismissal. Mayor Jose Ferriz said some days ago that more than 400 members of the city’s police force failed the exam.
Statewide, the process of dismissal for 26 “ministerial police” will begin next week.
Norte  (Ciudad Juarez, Chih.)  9/25/08
The head of Chihuahua’s State AG’s office said that the majority of corrupt “ministerial police” who are detected by means of trustworthiness exams argue that they were forced to act that way because of death threats from organized crime. Another characteristic of deficient performance by police is caused by fear, which later generates impunity.
(Note: two other reports of dismissals and/or resignations  of police officers were also reported by other papers from Cancun, Quintana Roo, and a sizeable one in the Tamaulipas “Metropolitan Zone”)
El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  9/25/08
A laborer on his way to work came upon three decapitated bodies early this morning (Thurs.); the heads were found some 200 meters away. This, some 25 miles S.E. of Mazatlan, Sinaloa.
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