In Mexico, cartels are hunting down police at home

Mexico City-The violent and notorious Jalisco cartel has responded to Mexico’s “hug, not bullet” policy with its own policy. The cartel kidnapped and tortured several elite police officers in Guanajuato to obtain their names and addresses. A colleague police officer, he is currently tracking and killing police at home, on holidays, and in front of his family.

This is a direct attack on officers of a type rarely seen outside of Central America’s most gang-populated countries, and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who avoids violence and refuses to war with cartels. It poses the most direct challenge to the president’s policy to date.

However, the cartel has already declared war on the government and aims to eradicate the elite National Army, known as the Tactical Group, which accuses gangs of mistreating members.

“If you want to go to war, it’s going to be war. We’ve already shown that we know where you are. A professionally printed banner signed by the cartel and hung on the Guanajuato building in May. Says, “We are coming for you.”

“For each member of our company (CJNG) you arrested, we kill two of your tacticals, wherever they are, at home, or in a patrol car.”

Officials in Guanajuato, Mexico’s most violent state, where Jalisco is fighting a local gang backed by rival Sinaloa Cartel, commented on how many members of the elite group have been killed so far. Refused.

However, state police publicly acknowledged the latest incident in which a police officer kidnapped from his home was killed on Thursday and his body was abandoned on the highway.

David Saucedo, a security analyst based in Guanajuato, said there were many cases.

“Many of them (executives) have decided to escape. They have taken their families away, abandoned their homes, ran away and hid themselves,” Saused said. “CJNG is hunting the elite police in Guanajuato.”

A view of a bullet-filled wall engraved with the initials of the criminal group Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) at the entrance to a community in Aguililla, Michoacan, Mexico, April 23, 2021. (Getty Images via Quini Castro / AFP))

Although it’s difficult to keep track of the number of victims, Guanajuato’s press partner Poprab said at least seven police officers had been killed on holidays so far this year. In January, a gunman went to a female state police officer’s house, killing her husband, dragging her out, torturing her, and throwing her body covered in bullets.

According to Poplab, Guanajuato has killed more police than any state in Mexico since at least 2018. Between 2018 and May 12, a total of 262 police officers, an average of about about 262 police officers each year. 75 police officers were killed. That’s more than the death toll from shootings and other attacks across the United States, which makes up 50 times the population of Guanajuato. ..

The problem in Guanajuato is exacerbated, and on May 17, the state government issued a special decree that would provide an unspecified amount of money to the protection mechanisms of police and prison staff.

According to the decree, “Unfortunately, an organized crime group has appeared at the police officer’s home, which poses a greater risk of loss of life and greater risk not only to the police officer but also to members of his family. We are bringing it, “says the law.

“They are forced to leave home and move quickly, preventing organized crime groups from finding them,” he said.

State officials refuse to explain the safeguards and plan to pay police to rent a new home or to build a special safe housing complex for them and their families. I commented on whether.

“This is an open war against state government security forces,” Saused said.

Lopez Obrador explained a “hug, not bullet” approach to addressing the root cause of crime and launched a campaign to mitigate the drug conflict. Since taking office in late 2018, he has avoided openly facing cartels, releasing a capo to avoid bloodshed, and social issues such as youth unemployment that contribute to gang membership. He said he prefers long-term policies to deal with.

However, former US ambassador Christopher Landau said in April that Lopez Obrador saw the fight against drug cartels as “distracting.”

By Mark Stevenson

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