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15 Cops Killed in Mexico Ambush

Jalisco attack is deadliest in recent memory

(Newser) - Gunmen ambushed a police convoy in the western state of Jalisco, killing 15 state police officers and wounding five as bullets riddled their vehicles in the deadliest single attack on Mexican police in recent memory. The attack happened late Monday as the convoy traveled on a rural road between the... More »

Report Bashes Mexico for 20K+ Who 'Disappeared'

Human Rights Watch slams gov't for kidnappings, corruption

(Newser) - With upwards of 20,000 people having disappeared during the six-year presidency of Felipe Calderón, which ended Dec. 1, human rights observers are slamming the Mexican police and military for its corruption and brutality, reports the Los Angeles Times . Many of those disappeared were taken by Mexico's notorious... More »

12 Mexican Cops Held in Ambush on US Embassy Car

Attack was an ambush, embassy says

(Newser) - A dozen Mexican federal police officers who riddled a US Embassy car with bullets on Friday are being held while they are investigated on charges including attempted murder, CNN reports. Two American citizens employed by the embassy were injured in the shooting south of Mexico City, as was a member... More »

Mexico City Replaces All Airport Cops After Shootout

New federal officers all passed rigorous background checks

(Newser) - Following the June airport shooting deaths of three federal officers, Mexico has taken the drastic step of replacing all 348 security officers at the Mexico City International Airport with federal police. Since the June shooting was perpetrated by three fellow security officers suspected of being involved in cocaine trafficking, just... More »

Mexican Cops Filmed Doing Drug Cartel's Dirty Work

Officers seen kidnapping 3 men who were later found dead

(Newser) - Mexicans are well aware that some cops have long collaborated with drug cartels, but the country has been shocked by some rare video evidence of corruption. A hotel's surveillance cameras captured five heavily armed policemen entering a hotel and marching out with three handcuffed men in their underwear, reports... More »

12 Cops Probing 10 Beheadings Killed in Mexico

Police ambushed as they searched for victims' bodies

(Newser) - A dozen police officers investigating the beheadings of 10 people were killed in an ambush in southern Mexico. Another 11 officers were injured. The officers were traveling in six patrol cars searching for the bodies of seven men and three women whose heads were found dumped outside a slaughterhouse in... More »

16 Mexican Cops Arrested in Mass Murder Cover-Up

Body count from mass graves hits 146

(Newser) - The number of bodies pulled from mass graves in Mexico's Tamaulipas state now stands at 146 and the murderers are believed to have had the protection of the police. Federal authorities have arrested 16 police officers from the town on San Fernando, accusing them of helping protect the cartel... More »

Mexico Sending More Troops to Violent Border Zone

Cartel boss Carlos Montemayor busted

(Newser) - Mexico says it is deploying extra troops and federal police to reassert its authority in two states bordering the US. Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon have become a battleground for the Gulf and Zetas cartels, and cities like Monterrey, once considered relatively safe, have seen a huge surge in violence. The... More »

Mexican Police Force Quits After Cartel Attack

Town's entire force flees as gunmen attack new station

(Newser) - The entire police force of a small Mexican town rapidly decided police work wasn't for them after cartel gunmen attacked their new headquarters. All 15 members of the force in Los Ramones, on the outskirts of Monterrey, resigned and fled in terror as gunmen attacked the building—inaugurated just three... More »

College Student New Top Cop in Mexican Crime Town

Criminology major hailed as Mexico's bravest woman

(Newser) - Police chiefs in Mexico are kidnapped and murdered with sickening regularity, so who would want to become one in one of the country's most dangerous towns? Step forward, Marisol Valles Garcia. The 20-year-old university criminology student was the only applicant for police chief in the northern Mexican town of Praxedis... More »

US Agents to Embed With Mexican Drug Police

Obama administration willing to work more closely with Mexico

(Newser) - The US has hatched a plan to embed American intelligence agents in Mexican police units for the first time, in an effort to hunt down drug cartel leaders. In the past, the US has hesitated to share intelligence with Mexican police, viewing them as largely corrupt and incompetent. To avoid... More »

'Posed' Corpse of Drug Lord Sparks Uproar

Critics say government is adopting scare tactics of cartels

(Newser) - An apparently posed corpse of a shot Mexican drug lord surrounded by jewelry, blood-stained pesos and US bills has sparked complaints against security officials who critics say are adopting cartel scare tactics.The gory photograph of Arturo Beltran Leyva's body guarded by Mexican marines in Morelos was widely published. Government... More »

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