Mexico has 371,000 police officers in 2,022 municipal police departments and 32 state police forces. The annual turnover of these police, e.g. the percentage of police who are newly hired each year, is 106 percent. That means the entire country, on average, has an entirely new police force every 12 months.
Last August, Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna said drug trafficking organizations spent about $100 million a month in bribes to police officers across the nation. He said 60 percent of municipal cops earned less than $317 a month.
This video, recorded this month, is of a drunk Mulegé policemen. He showed up for duty drunk with his weapon. The little guy, who is on camera the most, is complaining because the other preventative policeman has told him to stay at the station. If you do not speak Spanish, it would just look like they are having a verbal argument. However, the speech of the little guy is slurred (and totally vulgar) and he is wobbling around and leaning against the wall to stand up. He is totally plastered.
A screenshot from the video showing the Mulege police van they are walking around while arguing.
Since late last night the Mexican army in Tijuana has been arresting police officers involved in kidnappings, killings and who worked to protect organized crime in the region. The information leading to the arrests came from the FBI and its “Operation Green Light,” which is the same operation that led to the arrest of the high-ranking international liaison for the Baja Attorney General, Jesús Quiñónez Márquez.
According to unconfirmed reports, so far approximately 10 ministerial police, 30 Tijuana municipal police officers and five Baja state police officers are in the custody of the Army. The Mexican government uses its Army for these types of operations because the police departments are so full of crooked cops.
Later news now reports there were 62 police arrested, of which 16 were ministerial police and the remainder were Tijuana municipal police officers. No Baja state police were detained. The article that lists all their names is here.
Here’s a picture of the panzotes:
Newer update, Thurday evening:
Later in the day TIJUANAPRESS.COM released a video of a ruckus that broke out while the arrested police where doing their perp walk before the press. Some of the arrested men are saying, “I’m an honest cop” [fui fiel] and hurling accusations at the soldiers. Others are tossing insults, such as “cobardes” [cowards] and “chinga tu madre,” which is a coarse insult about performing a sex act on ones mother. Here is the video: