– Mexican Senator Felipe Gonzalez reports that changes in the laws regarding public security will allow for the formation of a professional police force in four years. He said that, with the new changes in the law now in the Chamber of Deputies [House], there will be a major restructuring of police coordination at all three levels of government. He said the changes in law will initiate the adoption of “information technologies” permitting expeditious judicial procedures “in order to restore public confidence in reporting crime.” Until then, he said, the military will continue to participate in enforcement activities because “we cannot count on police responding to the needs of the Mexican people.”
– Old West duel in Sinaloa. Two men, ages 35 and 45, from the mountainous region of northern Sinaloa decided to settle old quarrels with a duel. They met at the selected field, one armed with a .45 caliber pistol and the other with a 12 gauge shotgun. Both died in the exchange of fire.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 12/16/08
At the summit meeting of Latin American Presidents, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom will propose the creation of a multinational military force to combat narcotraffic. He said that “we have several military zones that can be utilized,” adding that, “we have countries that are very advanced in technology and intelligence systems.” Mexican drug cartels have for years used Guatemala as a base for transporting cocaine and other drugs from Colombia to Mexico and the US. It has been noted that, in those regions, criminal organizations have penetrated politics, businesses, the judicial and police in order to control the smuggling and warehousing of drugs.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 12/16/08
The state of Chihuahua has become the most violent in Mexico with one of every three “executions” in the country committed there. From January 2006 to December 1, 2008, there have been some 10,500 murders in Mexico attributed to organized crime. Chihuahua’s grim lead is followed closely by the states of Sinaloa and Baja California.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 12/16/08
Another grisly multi-execution was discovered in Ciudad Juarez. Five bodies were found together yesterday. There would have been six, but one victim, left for dead, survived, severely wounded. The bodies had been riddled by gunfire while lined up. One had been decapitated and his head, wearing a Christmas cap, was placed between his legs. Behind the bodies was a banner with a typical narco-message.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 12/16/08
Four people were arrested and a police agent killed in a gunfight between alleged kidnappers and police in Tijuana, Baja California.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez) 12/16/08
The lead article scolds the Cd. Juarez police chief for his silence regarding the recent assassination deaths of at least four police officers and a narco-banner with threats of death against 28 others. In a press conference, the city’s mayor recommended that the officers named on the banner “resign for their protection” while advising that those who remain will be protected. The police chief was at the conference, but did not say anything.
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