Three Rosarito police officers reported for extorting an American tourist

[Translated and summarized by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info]

An American tourist from California was at Papas and Beer in Rosarito Beach on October 20, 2012. He went outside at 3AM and hailed a cab to take him to his hotel, the Festival Plaza. He asked the taxi driver how much was the fare, and was told $5, to which he agreed. When they got to the destination, the taxi driver told him the fare was $20. The tourist paid the taxi driver the $5 he agreed to and went down the street to Macho Taco.

The taxi driver called the Rosarito police who arrived quickly and told the tourist to pay the $20 or else he would be detained for 12 hours. The tourist refused, so they took the tourist to a building where a third police officer was sitting behind a desk. The tourist pulled out another $10, put it on the desk, and told the police to let him go back to this hotel and he would get the other $5, to make the whole $20. The police said no, he had to pay the whole amount then and there.

Then in walks the judge. The judge told the tourist he had to pay $180 or else be detained. The tourist asked the judge to explain why he had to pay $180, to which the judge replied, “because you have to pay.” The tourist asked if he could talk to some of his friends to help him out, but the police would not allow that.

Then the tourist told the judge he could only get $100 out of the ATM with his credit card. The judge, the two police and the taxi driver went outside and had a discussion. Then the judge told the tourist to go across the street and get the $100 from the ATM. The taxi driver would accompany him and the two police would watch him to make sure he does not escape.

When the tourist got the money out of the ATM, the taxi driver told the tourist he now wanted $30, and the tourist gave him 300 pesos ($24). When he came back across the street, the judge asked the taxi driver if he got his money, to which the taxi driver said “yes”.

The the judge told the tourist to go inside and give the policeman sitting at the desk 700 pesos ($56). The tourist asked the policeman behind the desk what happened to the $10 he had already put down, to which to officer said he did not know and took the 700 pesos.

The tourist asked for a receipt for his payment, and was told, “we don’t have receipts here.” Then he went to the judge and asked him for a receipt, to which the other policeman standing nearby said, “Mister, it is time for you go.”

Upon leaving the office, the tourist went to see Rosarito’s chief of police, Francisco Castro Trenti, who gave him a photo album of the police officers on the force. The tourist clearly identified Reynaldo Pérez Nieto, Christian Arturo Franco Balderas and Leónides Montoya Márquez as the three police officers involved. Castro Trenti filed a complaint with the Rosarito Public Trustee asking him to suspend to police officers involved.

Apparently nothing at all happened to the crooked taxi driver and judge.

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Mexicans change their lifestyles due to violence

[Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera .]

According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) , more than half of Mexicans have stopped wearing jewelry or do not allow their minor children to go out of the house.

Some 63% of the population of the country has stopped wearing jewelry to avoid being a crime victim. 62% do not allow, or allow less, that their minor children leave the house and 55% stopped going out at night. This was reported by the National Survey of Victimization and Perceptions on Public Safety 2012.

INEGI gave details of the study they have performed this year in 95,903 homes in the country. The report also says that 44% stopped carrying cash and 37% stopped carrying credit cards.

The investigation also revealed that 32%, one-third of Mexicans, stopped visiting relatives or friends to avoid being a crime victim. 30% do not go out to walk and an equal percentage do not use taxis. 27% do not go to the movies or theater.

At the national level, almost one-half of the population (44.2%) 18 years and older believe the principal cause of crime is poverty.

The location where the population over 18 feels the least safe in all the country is at ATM machines located on public streets.

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Mexicali pig rancher complains of Mexican army abuse while US Border Patrol observes

[Translated by Fulano from an article in El Sol de Tijuana]

Mexicali – October 14, 2012 – A new case of abuse by Mexican soldiers was reported to this newspaper by the victim who had his property raided while he was beaten, manhandled, tortured and threatened with death.

All of this happened to José César Ramos Sandoval at his La Lomita ranch, located in colonia Centinela III, right next to the international border fence in the westernmost area of Mexicali, where a group of subjects arrived dressed in black civilian clothes, but with their faces covered with masks and carrying rifles and pistols.

The victim told this newspaper that last Wednesday afternoon he was working at his ranch along with his employees, Ismael García Paredes and Francisco Zúñiga Ruiz, who were feeding the pigs and tending to the pens, when the occupants of a tan Nissan stopped in front of the ranch gate asking for a bucket of water because, “the car was overheating.”

But it was when they were opening the gate to give them water that they pushed it open and entered the private property. They went to where José César was and at gunpoint tried to take him and put him in the Nissan. As he had no idea what was going on, José César fought for his life, and while he was struggling he noticed a United States Border Patrol agent watching from the US side of the border.

For this reason, his aggresors opted to put him in a little cabin on the ranch and there they started to beat him at will.

They told the rancher he had to give them 9 pounds of cocaine and they would leave him in peace. But the pig rancher did not know what they were talking about, and the torture continued. He was beaten on the head with the butt of a pistol, then they blindfolded him and continued beating him until the commander arrived.

Then this commander arrived aboard a blue GMC Sierra four-door pick-up, according to what his employees told him later. With his hands handcuffed behind him they stood him up and demanded either the cocaine or the equivalent value in dollars.

As he did not give in, not because he did not want to, but because he did not have what they wanted, they threw him to the ground and kicked him all over his body. Then they put a towel over his nose and mouth and poured water on it, which caused a frightening sense of drowning and he thought he would die.

Suddenly the armed group detected something and their leader said, “let’s go,” they took off the handcuffs and left, leaving him so battered that he told his workers to take him to doctor. When he left for the doctor, he could see that his ranch was surrounded by soldiers, who immediately left behind the Nissan and GMC.

For this reason, the victim has filed a complaint with the Attorney General for the New Criminal Justice System, for the crimes of abuse of authority, compounded by being from members of a security body, which is filed as case 0202-2012-39200.

César Ramos said that the commander told him not to file a complaint, and if he did they would return to kill him.

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The World’s Oldest Rock and Roll Lyrics

Sukkot is the name of the holiday Jews celebrate at harvest time. It is a seven day holiday. This year it starts on September 30 and ends on October 7. It is also known as the “Feast of Booths” and “Feast of Tabernacles.” The word “sukkah” means “booth”, “hut”, or “tent”. The sukkah is intended as a reminder of the type of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites lived during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday, meals are eaten inside the sukkah and some people sleep there as well.

On the Sabbath that occurs during Sukkot, the Book of Ecclesiastes is read. Ecclesiastes is canonical for both Jews and Christians. The book is called “Qoheleth” in Hebrew, which means “preacher.” The main speaker in the book, identified by the name or title Qoheleth, introduces himself as the “son of David, king in Jerusalem.” Authorship of the book is usually attributed to King Solomon.

Perhaps the best known words from the Book of Ecclesiastes are verses 1 to 8 of Chapter 3. They were set to music by Pete Seeger in 1959, and recorded by The Byrds in 1965. Here is the King James Version:

  1. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven;
  2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
  3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
  4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
  5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
  6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
  7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
  8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
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