Monday, November 12, 2007

Regional chief of federal police gunned down in northern Mexico

This was a pretty big fish. The brazenness of the border bandits knows few bounds. Killing a chief is no harder than killing a patrolman if you are a narco gang. One doesn't know all the details, but it appears there are still some good men doing a hard job. Sad to see one die this way.

As usual expect a no coverage of this in the USA.

This is revealing. Imagine if the FBI Agent-In-Charge for Dallas was executed in this manner; in broad daylight, in an ambush on the streets of Dallas. It would be wall to wall coverage on CNN and Fox. This will not even make the headline roundup.

This just goes to show the low expectations that everyone in the elite media in the USA has for Mexico and Mexicans.

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico: A senior federal police official was gunned down Saturday while driving his car in the northern city of Saltillo and was in critical condition, police said.

Jose Luis Hernandez Marquez, chief of Mexico's Federal Preventative Police force in the border state of Coahuila, was shot at least five times Saturday morning by gunmen traveling in two vehicles, said a spokesman for the force, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to comment on the case.

The police chief's car "was intercepted by two vehicles from which various people, who have yet to be identified, opened fire on him," the federal attorney general's office said in a statement.

Members of Mexico's Army and Federal Investigation Agency joined officials from the preventative police — which was formed from military ranks in the 1990s — in searching for the shooters by land and air, the spokesman said. No arrests have been made.

President Felipe Calderon, who calls the war on drugs and crime his top priority, has sent more than 24,000 troops to violence-wracked areas since taking office in December 2006.

Assassinations of police officers and law enforcement officials continue nonetheless.

Regional chief of federal police gunned down in northern Mexico - International Herald Tribune


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