Tijuana Police Officer Who Filmed Police Lapdance To Seek Asylum in US

Noé Gaytán Monroy, the Tijuana police officer who filmed and released the now famous lapdance at a Tijuana police station says he will seek asylum in the US.

Gaytán Monroy says he has been harassed since the release of the video on May 23, 2011. He said a group of armed men surrounded his home in colonia Gloria last Saturday night, and even though he called the Tijuana municipal police, they never came. He then had to call the state preventative police.

He is holding Tijuana police chief Gustavo Huerta Martínez responsible for what has happened to his family.

Link to article in Spanish.

Noé Gaytán Monroy
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15 Tijuana Police Suspended — Wait Until You Hear Why

Yesterday, Monday, the mayor of Tijuana, Carlos Bustamonte Anchondo, announced that 15 Tijuana police officers — including a district chief, deputy chief and a shift supervisor — were suspended due to a complaint by a woman who was forced to strip in front of the police officers in order to gain her freedom. The woman alleges she was forced to strip and dance in front of more than a dozen police officers while being videotaped. The event occurred on March 3 and was reported on April 15.

Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamonte, Police Chief Gustavo Huerta Martínez
 and director Adrián Hernández Pérez announce the suspension
 of 15 police officers.

…and here is the video:

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Complaints of Police Abuse in Rosarito Increase

Since the new Playas de Rosarito mayor, Javier Robles Aguirre, entered office last December there has been an increasing number of citizens’ complaints of police abuse to the public trustee. In the latest complaint, Laura Elena Polanco, owner of a home in colonia Constitución reported that last April 25, around 2PM, two uniformed officers broke down her door and searched her home.

The two policemen, Carlos Téllez and Roberto Ramírez, are members of Rosarito’s Immediate Reaction Group. They told Polanco that they had an anonymous tip that there she was selling drugs in her home.

Mexico has search and seizure laws similar to the US, which requires a search warrant signed by a judge before entering and searching a home. In this case the police officers had no search warrant.

The public trustee, Roberto Perales, said that since the new administration started there have been around 40 complaints from citizens of police abuse, several of them directed at members of Rosarito’s Immediate Reaction Group. He also said that officer Carlos Téllez was also being investigated for other complaints of police abuse.

Link to article in Spanish.

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Corruption in Rosarito

Fulano blogged about the assassination of Rosarito police commander José Carlos Ventura Isada last March. Well, last month the Tijuana publication Zeta came out with a story on corruption in Rosarito.

One of the revelations in the Zeta article was that Ventura Isada was killed at the orders of Héctor Guajardo Hernández “El Güicho”. El Güicho took over the area when El Teo was arrested in January 2010. The Zeta article says that Ventura Isada was set up by his own Rosarito police officers. It seems that Ventura Isada was an honest cop and in the way.

The main revelation in the Zeta article is that since the new Rosarito mayor, Javier Robles, took office last December, the entire Rosarito police force has started working for the drug cartels. Zeta says the Rosarito police are divided up into two groups.

One group is used to safeguard the movement of large scale drug shipments and receive their orders from Alfredo Arteaga González and Arzate García Alonso. The second group is comprised of patrol units whose task is to protect people and homes invovled in street sales of drugs.

Members of the State Security Council are aware of the corruption problems within the Municipal Police Department of Rosarito. The authority of the Chief of Police, Major Magdaleno Vasquez, has been usurped by Commander Mario Alberto Navarrete Núñez, who was directly appointed by Mayor Javier Robles without consultation.

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From Another Mexico Message Board

Friday 15 April 2011 

If any of you have been stopped in Mexicali by a policeman demanding money because of a traffic violation (speeding etc.) we need your help. This is the latest complaint that came in to me yesterday: 

This is a follow up to the info you printed about the Mexicali police, namely a young, handsome man with braces on his teeth still engaging in his private fund raising efforts. 

Like the others experience you reported, on April 8th, 2011, I too was stopped by this guy on Morin street just after I had passed under the blue bridge. Seems to be his hangout. He pulled me over. I stopped in a Pemex station. He ordered me out of the Pemex onto a public street a bit ‘out of view.’ I thought that was peculiar since American cops don’t care where you stop.

This crooked cop stopped me for speeding (I wasn’t speeding) and he told me he had radar tagged me at 80Kmph in a 40 Kmph zone which is not true. Told me the fine for said offense was $130.00. Being an older woman, I whined and carried on and told him I did not have $130.00, that I was on my way home to San Diego. He said I would have to go to the police station where they would impound my car if I could not pay the fine. I showed him my wallet that contained $46.00 and a 20 peso note. At that point, he decided it was too dangerous and cold to stand by my driver’s door and went around to the passenger side of the car. He told me to put the money on the passenger seat where he surreptitiously picked it up and hid it in his ticket book then waived me away.

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Mexican Cop: Extortion of Motorists Acceptable Within Limits

The following article is a good example of why corruption will never be eliminated in Mexico. The typical Mexican’s ability to rationalize criminal behavior is unmatched in the world. In Mexico, corruption is a continuum, from the traffic cop taking $10 to the drug cartels paying billions to corrupt politicians and police. This national ethic is why the drug cartels cannot be defeated. Mexico IS the drug cartels. The two cannot be separated out.

MEXICO CITY – The top police commander in the central state of Mexico acknowledged that officers extorted money from motorists and said he understood why in a video released Monday by the Reforma newspaper.

State Security Agency, or ASE, director Rogelio Cortes Cruz said his only concern was that officers not commit “excesses.”

“I’m not appalled if they grab a peso or two pesos. It’s their problem, but the day they grab them, that dude and you, you’re going to the slammer,” the chief said in a secretly taped conversation with police officers.

Cortes Cruz admitted that some officers carried altered ticket books that showed fines up to 600 times larger than the law allowed, Reforma reported on Sunday. 

Noting that some cops demand as much as 15,000 pesos ($1,270) for an infraction, he said: “Then that’s an excess.”

That is the kind of behavior that harms the agency because it draws attention to corrupt practices, Cortes Cruz said.

“I’m waiting with a machete to see which dude falls,” the chief said. 

The ASE commander said he was aware that police salaries were low and hard to live on, making it understandable that officers would squeeze motorists for bribes.

Cortes Cruz, a career police officer, has been in charge of the ASE since last year and has held numerous command posts since 1998.

Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, is one of the regions most affected by drug cartels and other organized crime groups, security experts say.

Motorists in Mexico state and other parts of the country are used to being stopped by police officers looking to pocket some money. 

Officers try to conceal their intentions, sometimes stopping a vehicle for 20-30 minutes until the driver pays some money to avoid a larger fine.

The non-governmental organization Transparencia Mexicana estimates that 197 million bribes totaling more than $2 billion were paid in Mexico in 2007.

Link to article.

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Human Rights Official Arrested In Tijuana

[Translated by Fulano from the article in Frontera.]

Tijuana Tourist Police arrested a member of the National Commission on Human Rights who questioned the reason for the arrest of a migrant who had just been deported from the US.

The police also arrested a witness who videotaped the events that occurred March 30, 2011 outside the offices of the Grupo Beta in colonia Federal.

The three men were brought before a municipal judge, who admonished the human rights official, named Luna, for alleged “obstruction” of authority, said a source who requested anonymity.

The Tourist Police argued that they received complaint calls that reported the migrant detainee was annoying  passersby, however, he was only deported a few minutes before the officers intercepted him.

Luna became aware of the facts and asked the police why they were arresting the migrant, but instead of answering him, he was arrested and brought before a judge at the Municipal Court.

Also arrested was a man who videotaped the events, who paid a fine for his release, but had only been released a few minutes when in front of his family he was taken back inside again, and held until he erased the images on his cell phone.

Officials of the National Commission on Human Rights and the Baja California Human Rights Office were able to see the video before it was erased.

Civil liberties advocates and activists, among them Heriberto Garcia Garcia, who heads the Baja California Human Rights Office, have repeatedly denounced the arbitrary detention of migrants who are victimized by municipal police.

The complaints state that not only do they detain migrants who have just been deported, but steal what few belongings they bring with them, and sometimes wait for relatives to send them money to extort them by threatening to put them in jail.

They also accuse the police of not accepting as identification the deportation document given migrants by the National Migration Institute.

Although the city of Tijuana makes telephones available to returning Mexicans to make complaints, they choose not to for fear of reprisals because they have no protection when they make a report.

Link to article in Spanish.

Fulano would be remiss if he failed to report that the Tijuana Tourist Police received training in San Diego:

A group of 22 municipal police officers from the three cities was honored in San Diego yesterday for completing a daylong course offered by the San Diego Police Department. 

The officers say they benefited from instruction in a range of topics, including patrol tactics, gangs, ethics and how to interact with U.S. tourists. 

“Visitors need to know that there is someone who is there for them on the other side of the border,” said Giovanni Malinchrynni, one of 24 members of the existing Rosarito Beach tourism police. “We want to take away the bad image that people have about crossing the border.”

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders congratulated a Mexican police officer at a ceremony yesterday for officers from law enforcement agencies in Tijuana, Ensenada and Rosarito Beach who participated in a training session offered by the San Diego Police Department.

 Link to SDUT article.

Maybe if Fulano posts for another 100 years, it will start to sink in that there is just no way to wash the stink of corruption off of Mexico. It is a part of the fabric of life down there. They prey upon each other as a national pastime.

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From Another Mexico Message Board

Mar 09, 2011, 7:04 PM
I just got back from Cancun and rented a car for 2 weeks. Five minutes before handing in the car I was targeted and pulled over by the police and told I was speeding (which I know I wasn’t) They took my license and said I would need to pay a $180 fine. After considering my options:go to the police station and pay this ticket or pay them to get my license back right away. Considering I had a plane to catch I threw my taxi money $50CDN on the front seat of the police car and got my license back. If I ever return to Cancun I will not rent a car; if everyone stopped renting I am sure pressure from the National rental companies could change police behaviour..

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