Mexicans in Guerrero provide for their own security in response to the government's failure to protect them from violence in the drug war. Although forced by the state's gang to use inadequate and outdated weapons, these groups have had real effect in reducing gang violence and extortion in their communities.Read more »
There it was on video: Five heavily armed policemen barge into a hotel in western Mexico before dawn and march out with three handcuffed men in underwear. But police weren't making an arrest. Prosecutors say they apparently were taking orders from criminals. Just hours after the three were seized, they were found asphyxiated and beaten to death. Mexicans have become inured to lurid tales of police collaboration with narcotics gangs during 5 1/2 years of a drug war that has cost more than 47,500 lives.Read more »
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