Home police officers are being killed en masse

The violent Jalisco cartel responded to Mexico’s “Hugs, not bullets” policy with its own policy: kidnapped several members of an elite police unit in the state of Guanajuato, tortured them to obtain their names and addresses. colleagues, and now harass and kill police officers in their homes and in front of their families when they are on a day off, writes Monitor bg.

This is a direct attack on police officers, which can rarely be seen outside those Central American countries that have the most serious problems with criminal groups, and which has become the most serious challenge to date for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s policy on avoiding violence and abandoning war against cartels.

However, the Jalisco cartel has already declared war on the government and its goal is to destroy the elite state forces, the so-called a “tactical group” that the group accuses of unfair treatment of its members.

“If you want a war, you will get a war. We have already demonstrated that we know where you are. We will come for each of you,” read the inscription on a professionally printed poster bearing the cartel’s signature and hung on a building in Guanajuato last month.

“For each of our members you arrest, we will kill two of your ‘tactics’ wherever they are, whether they are at home or in a patrol car,” the poster read.

Authorities in Guanajuato, Mexico’s most violent state, where Jalisco is fighting local groups backed by rival Sinaloa cartel, declined to comment on how many members of the elite police force have been killed so far.

However, state police have publicly announced the most recent case in which a police officer was abducted from his home on Thursday, was killed and his body was left on the highway.

Guanajuato-based security expert David Sausedo said there were many cases.

“Many of them (the police) decided to desert. They took their families, left their homes, fled and hid. The cartel is pursuing members of Guanajuato’s elite police force,” Sausedo said.

It is difficult to determine the number of victims, but Poplab, a news agency in Guanajuato, said at least seven police officers had been killed during their weekends this year. In January, gunmen stormed a policewoman’s home, killed her husband, abducted her, tortured her and dumped her bullet-riddled body.

Guanajuato has the most police officers killed in all Mexican states since at least 2018, according to Poplab. From 2018 to May 12, a total of 262 police officers were killed in Guanajuato, or an average of 75 police officers each year – more than the average annual number of police officers killed with firearms and other weapons across the United States, which is 50 times more large population of the Mexican state.

The problem in Guanajuato is so great that on May 17, the state government issued a special decree to provide unspecified funds to fund safeguards for police and prison staff.

“Unfortunately, organized crime groups have reached police homes, creating a threat and an increased risk of loss of life not only for them but also for their family members,” the decree said.

“They were forced to leave their homes quickly and flee so that they could not be found by organized criminal groups,” the decree said.

State officials declined to comment on protection measures or comment on whether police officers will receive money to rent new housing, and whether there are plans to build special housing complexes for police officers and their families.
“This is a clear war against the security forces of the state government,” Sausedo said.

Lopez Obrador campaigned in an attempt to de-escalate the conflict with drug traffickers by adopting the motto “hugs, not bullets” to tackle the causes of crime.

Since coming to power in late 2018, the president has avoided open confrontation with the cartels and even released one of their bosses to prevent bloodshed, saying he prefers a comprehensive policy to address social issues such as youth unemployment, which contribute to to increase the number of members of criminal groups.

Former US Ambassador Christopher Landow said in April that Lopez Obrador saw the fight against drug cartels “as something that distracted him…. So he generally adopted a policy of refusing to intervene against them, which is, of course, quite worrying. from the point of view of our government, “Landow said.

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