Third Top Cop Executed in Mexico Drug War

'We have to take back our streets,' prez pleads
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 6:39 AM CDT
Mexican Federal Police salute during a ceremony to honor officers recently killed in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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(Newser) – A third key police officer was assassinated yesterday in the intensifying war between Mexican officials and drug cartels, the BBC reports. The deputy police chief of the border town of Juarez was killed when gunmen peppered his car with bullets as he left home. The head of Mexico's anti-kidnap unit was killed Friday, and the chief of police operations against drug trafficking was shot dead the day before.

"We have to come together to confront this evil. We Mexicans have to  categorically say 'That's enough!'" said President Jose Calderon at a police memorial service. "We can't accept this situation. We have to take back our streets."