Mexico: Entire small town police forces quits after two officers found beheaded

Posted on January 27, 2011


Gruesome and not getting any better in Mexico:

MONTERREY, Mexico – The police chief and all 38 police officers of a northeastern Mexican town have quit following a series of drug cartel attacks, including the decapitation of two of their colleagues.

Soldiers, state and federal police had been deployed to patrol General Teran, a town along a notorious drug-smuggling route to the U.S. border, said Mayor Ramon Villagomez.

The police quit after the discovery Wednesday of the mutilated bodies of two officers who had been kidnapped by gunmen two days earlier.

The killings followed three attacks on the police headquarters since December. Gunmen hurled grenades and sprayed the building with machine-gun fire.

Villagomez said another police officer has been missing for weeks in the town of 14,500 people southwest of the industrial city of Monterrey.

Mass police resignations have been common in small towns in Mexico. Municipal police complain they are outnumbered and outgunned by Mexico’s brutal drug cartels, who frequently stage bold attacks on security forces with semiautomatic assault rifles and grenades.

I guess we all know who’s running the town of General Teran now.

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