News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mexico arrests model police officer for extortion

REUTERS
12:27 p.m.
February 13, 2008

MEXICO CITY – A two-time Mexico City ”policeman of the year” has been arrested on suspicion of extorting money from illegal “car-watchers” who demand tips for curbside parking.

Police said Alejandro Garnino, who was awarded Mexico City's highest police honor in 2005 and 2006, is suspected of charging up to 1,000 pesos ($94) to allow dozens of car-watchers to operate outside one of Mexico's largest stadiums.

“It is a shock to all of us. His conduct was such a shining example,” an official at Mexico City's police force said Wednesday. He said Garnino turned himself in Monday night.

Corruption plagues Mexico's underpaid police forces, where officers regularly take bribes to turn a blind eye to offenses from traffic violations to kidnapping and drug dealing.

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