Jun 5, 2008

Policewoman is killed in another bloody week in Juarez, Mexico

Police couple killed. Photo by Norte de Ciudad Juarez/June 5, 2008

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Armed commandos take out more police in Juarez; no arrests yet
By Kelly McKenzie
June 5, 2008
JUAREZ, MEXICO -- A policewoman was among the latest victims of revenge violence in Juarez. In a separate assault, a woman, her mother and an infant survived a shooting attack in front of the Autonomous University of Juarez (UACJ).
The previous day, a Chihuahua state policewoman and her husband, also a state policeman, were gunned down by an armed commando.
An innocent bystander, a pregnant woman at a carwash, died from stray bullets during yet another attack.
Since January, at least two Juarez city police officers have taken refuge in El Paso, Texas, and asked the U.S. government for asylum.
Authorities have not arrested anyone in connection with the recent attacks. More than 400 people have been killed in Juarez since the beginning of the year.
Related violence also has occurred in Chihuahua City, the Chihuahua state capital, in Palomas, in communities in Valle de Juarez, and in other parts of Mexico's northern border state.
Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said he asked the federal government to send more soldiers to help tpatrol the streets.
City police threatened to go on strike after being instructed not to take official-issue weapons home, and after complaining about the longer-than-usual work shifts. More than 100 Juarez city police have retired or resigned since the wave of violence began.
Anonymous authors have left behind lists of police officers who are being targeted by the death squads.
A new video on YouTube claims rich businessmen may be the next targets.
Over the years, drug lords affiliated with the Juarez drug cartel have protected police who work for them, businesses that laundered millions of dollars in drug proceeds, and politicians who accepted bribes to look the other way.
Coming soon: New book about drug-trafficking