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Mexico Gives 1,000 Cops Walking Papers, Hoping to Reduce Corruption

More than 40,000 people have died since Mexico escalated its drug war in 2006.

Almost a thousand police officers suspected of corruption were dismissed from their jobs over the last two weeks.
Almost a thousand police officers suspected of corruption were dismissed from their jobs over the last two weeks.

(MEXICO CITY) - Drug cartels in Mexico have all but taken over the Gulf coast state of Veracruz which remains under a deadly siege. Facing tall odds in their search for a viable solution, authorities have refocused efforts on getting rid of bad police officers..

Arturo Bermudez, the police chief in Veracruz, says just under a thousand 980 state agents have been terminated over the past couple of weeks for failing lie detector tests and other evaluations that cast doubt on their integrity as law enforcement officers. So far, according to reports, almost three fourths of the officers still have not been tested.

The announcement about the terminations came Tuesday, that is four days after Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared that the state of Veracruz had been turned over to the brutal Zetas drug cartel. Los Zetas broke away from the Mexican Army special forces a little over three years ago, and their methods at terrorism are unrivaled, so much so in fact that vigilante groups and other cartels have specifically targeted people affiliated with the Zetas.

More than 40,000 people have died since Mexico escalated its drug war in 2006, cartel crime has gone through the ceiling and Mexican officials say they have received little in terms of cooperation from Washington, in their search for answers about U.S. federal programs to arm the deadly cartels.

Catch the full report here: Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/10/19/mexico-fires-nearly-1000-police-in-gulf-state/#ixzz1bJdXP41O




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Vic October 20, 2011 8:17 am (Pacific time)

Hopefully the Mexicans will recognize "help" from the US as what it is....BS, and something to be avoided at all costs.The US only helps itself, despite carefully choreographed appearances.


M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. October 20, 2011 3:46 am (Pacific time)

Help from the US?? With illegal gun sales and frequent stories like this: APNewsBreak: ICE officer arrested in pot smuggling http://1.c8.uc.sl.pt it appears the US is interested only in helping itself to some of the billions of $$ flowing freely across borders. Both Mexican and US police realize more $$ is to be made through cooperation with the cartels than with enforcing the law. It is only a matter of time before the US starts applying for loans from the cartels... like it has with the off shore banks that held billions of Columbian dollars and the banks of Noriega and the Milan/Vatican banks that held billions of heroin $$.

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