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, August 14, 2008

Tijuana Police Try to Restore Public Trust

By Dan Keane

ASSOCIATED PRESS

5:31 p.m. August 12, 2008

TIJUANA, Mexico – People have so little confidence in the police here that the army invited citizens to report crimes to soldiers instead. Officers are so mistrusted that federal authorities even took their guns away for a time last year.

Now Tijuana is campaigning to regain that trust with an accountability campaign to break the officers' old, corrupt habits.

Public Safety Secretary Alberto Capella proudly points to a Tijuana policeman accused of murder who was promptly arrested by his fellow officers.

“If this scenario had happened nine months ago, he wouldn't have been captured. Or he would have asked for help, and they would have let him go,” Capella told The Associated Press. “That's a clear indication of the change of attitude taking place among Tijuana police.”

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