Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Shootout in Mexico kills 7 federal police

The wholesale intimidation of law enforcment in Mexico continues, and seems to be increasing. This is a very sad day. The Federal Police are the gooodest good-guys that Mexico has. Imagine 7 FBI agents being killed in the USA. It would lead every news broadcast, and be a story that continued for days. Not so in Mexico where this is, sadly, just a slightly larger version of every day reality.

Shootout in Mexico kills 7 federal police
By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO – 1 hour ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Seven federal police and a suspected hit man were killed in a shootout Tuesday as authorities surrounded a suspected drug safe house in Culiacan, home to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Four other federal police were hospitalized with wounds, and police took two suspected cartel members into custody, according to a federal police statement.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent nearly 3,000 federal police and soldiers into Sinaloa state two weeks ago as part of his campaign to take back parts of Mexico controlled by drug lords. In all, Calderon has sent more than 20,000 security forces to confront the drug trade, and the cartels have responded by targeting police and other security officials.

At least three banners threatening 21 local police officers by name were hung in the violent northern city of Chihuahua over the weekend.

"The officers are uneasy," Chihuahua state prosecutor's spokesman Eduardo Esparza said Tuesday. "They have been instructed to be in direct contact with the police station and to be extremely careful."

In the nearby border city of Juarez, a death list of 22 officers was left at a monument to fallen police four months ago, addressed to "those who still don't believe" in the power of the cartels.

Of the 22, seven have been killed and three wounded in assassination attempts. All but one of the others have quit.

The Associated Press: Shootout in Mexico kills 7 federal police


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