When crooks no longer fear the cops

Posted by: Phineas on October 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I’ve used that subject line before, about Chicago. But it’s just as fitting for Mexico, where cartel gunmen ambushed a police convoy in the state of Sinaloa, killing eight officers:

The gunmen, travelling in three or four vehicles, “began shooting with automatic weapons”, an official said.

The state is home to one of the country’s most powerful drug gangs, the Sinaloa cartel run by Mexico’s most wanted man, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.


The police officers were patrolling a road 80km (50 miles) form the state capital, Culiacan, when they were attacked on Monday.

The killings highlight the challenges for Mexico’s police as they and other security forces seek to take on the drug gangs.

Yeah, challenges such as “just staying alive.” Of course, when the cartels can trap even the Mexican Army in one of its bases, what a mere patrolmen supposed to do?

I think I’ll postpone that trip to Mazatlan for a while…

RELATED: President Calderon aims to deal with the serious problem of corruption in the local police forces by eliminating local departments and having the states provide local policing. Given the well-known problems of corruption at the state police-level (example), I can’t see how this is much more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Still, one can hope that it’s a start to purging corrupt cops from the local ranks.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “When crooks no longer fear the cops”


  1. Lorica says:

    This is what happens when there is corruption at the highest levels of government. Just look at Chicago. It is ridiculous just how rabid the corruption is there. – Lorica

  2. Paul says:

    Mexico is a mess-and it’s right next door to us not thousands of miles away.

  3. NC Cop says:

    It’s just like the situation was in Iraq.

    Attacks on police and government officials as well as using car bombs, except this is right next door. This is something that could quickly escelate and spill over into U.S. soil. I know we have had incidents that have occurred on U.S. soil, but just wait until the cartels start machine gunning police cars in Phoenix.

    Not good.

  4. Carlos says:

    Lorica, the difference between Chicago and Mexico is that, while both government structures are corrupt, Chicago has kept in place a means of controlling all the corruption. In Mexico, it’s every man for himself, and has no structure.

    Also, the Mexicans are reaping the rewards now for such a system, and their only retort is to blame the United States for Mexico’s corruption because if we didn’t have so many drug users and all…

    Typical liberal/socialist/communist/statist crap. And oh, so much like our beloved leader, who can’t understand others’ perplexity when he won’t accept responsibility for anything.

  5. Zippy says:

    Very scary, to say the least.

  6. :x

    This is a well balanced site, thank you for the information in regards to everything. Perusing the site I would have to say it is a well mixed site.

    The news is as the news is. Gives me a few ideas for mine.

    The Obama files is impressive. The update on the Mexican cartel is not really a surprise. It is an example of what happens on a regular basis in Mexico. Not sure how they will ever fix the problem. Same as here in the US and around the world.

    I send blessings to the world every day. But hate seems to be stronger.


  7. Peter says:

    This is what you get. Unrestrained market in an illegal substance on one side of the border and a weak, corrupt government on the other. It’s coming here, faster and faster. We’re jailing Border Patrolmen and southwestern deputy sheriffs for shooting at bad guys.

  8. Jo says:

    Scarier is that our POTUS is ignoring the violence and persecuting Arizona and other border states for trying to hold it at bay and protect American CITIZENS from it. I would think it will eventually come to a situation in which these violent drug cartels are so emboldened to our own government’s lack of decisive action in the name of allowing illegal immigration to garner more illegal votes that we will be forced to take some action. And I hope when that happens, Odumbass will be exposed to his loyal sheep as the ineffective, weak hack he is.

  9. Marshall Art says:

    When it gets as bad as it has in Mexico, the solution is obvious. The good guys know where the bad guys live. Bomb the bad guys’ homes in the dead of night.

    I consider criminal operations, especially street gangs, to be like terrorists. They need to be treated as such and with extreme prejudice. Recently in Chicago, the Chief of Police made a public statement that seemed to coincide with my sentiment. Due to some killings, including a cop, he promised to lean on the gangs heavily if the violence continued. Not surprisingly, there was a public backlash as gang leaders whined about potential harrassment. I don’t recall if the Chief backed off, but he certainly shouldn’t. Make their lives hard as hell in any way you can.

  10. Mahwah says:

    …and in Mexico, there is a complete ban on the ownership of firearms by citizens… one can see how well that is working for them in controlling ‘gun crime’.