Tijuana commercial police are extorting tourists

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

TIJUANA, Baja California August 29, 2016 – Officers from the Commercial Police have invaded the tourist zone and are extorting visitors, complained the president of the Merchants Association of Avenida Revolución, Julián Palombo Saucedo.

“The commercial police are supposed to be at fixed location, in businesses, however, since they have a uniform similar to the regular police, they take advantage a many times will abuse the passersby, stopping them for no reason as searching them,” he said.

He explained that the Commercial Police are in the Zona Norte and Tourist Police on avenida Revolución, with officers in patrol vehicles and bicycles and on foot.

“It is very common, generally in the late afternoon and early evening, when they come to Plaza Santa Cecilia, the tourist walkway, and avenida Revolución. These are situations we are unhappy about and do not approve and we are constantly making these observations,” he stressed.

Palombo Saucedo specified that every week he gets on average two complaints about the situation the tourists are subjected to.

“We are constantly having meetings with the Tourist Police to give our observations regarding this situation which can tarnish tourist activities,” he said.

He said the Tourist Police have 30 officers per shift, which have the capacity to attend to visitors.


12-year old boy killed by AK-47 in Mazatlán

Translated by Fulano from an article in La Policiaca.com.

Mazatlán, Sinaloa – The life of Brian de Jesús ended at a young age. It was fiercely wrested away by the violence which kills adults, woman, youths and children equally. He was to return to secondary school tomorrow and enter the second grade of that basic education level.

Early last Friday, Brian de Jesús was in his home in colonia Niños Héroes of Mazatlán, when he was hit by bullets from an AK-47.

In the middle of a pool of blood and with his legs almost destroyed, he was rescued and taken to the General Hospital. And although he was under medical care for hours, the damage to the vital organs took his life.

In the colonia where he lived, everybody remembers him as an exemplary boy at his 12 years of age.

His grandmother, Patricia Espino, remembered him as a happy child, dedicated and with a big heart. “He had many friends, he liked to go to school, here in the front of the house it was always full of friends, he was a happy boy,” she said.

Cousins, neighbors and uncles and aunts could not comprehend what happened.

“Brian de Jesús was always joking, dreaming, playful and it was nice for all,” he was described by one of his aunts. Meanwhile his friends said he was entertaining and somebody they could always play with.

According to the family, Brian de Jesús was in the home of his step-mother when a group of people with large caliber weapons arrived and opened fire, killing him.

The body of the child lay in state last night and is supposed to be buried today.


Baja California ministerial police tortured two youths

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.



TIJUANA, Baja California – The new recommendation from the State Commission on Human Rights is about the excess use of force by agents for the state Attorney General against two Tijuana youths accused of car theft.

The event happened on April 14, 2012, when the victims were  tortured by officers from the Auto Theft division, with the goal of making them confess to committing a crime.

“The Commission is not opposed to the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes by the authorities, it is opposed that this is used as a pretext to violate human rights of presumed criminals,” said Melba Adriana Olvera Rodríguez, head of the State Commission on Human Rights, on this ninth recommendation this year.



It is difficult to get asylum in the United States

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

TIJUANA, Baja California – Economic problems are not the criteria to give political asylum to foreigners in the United States, said US Consul in Tijuana, William Ostick.

“The criteria for getting political asylum remain the same, the person has to demonstrate that in his country of origin he has  credible fear of persecution or violence, these have not changed,” he pointed out.

The National Immigration Institute (INM) reported that in the last three months, approximately 6,000 people have asked for political asylum in the United States.

“There are very few who receive political asylum, especially among Mexicans, because it is a difficult criteria,” he said.

Some 60% of those asking for political asylum are Mexicans, however, he said the nationality is not important when applying.

“Nationality is not factor, each person has to be judged on the merits of his case, it is the facts in each case which are more important. the political situation is different in each country, but it is not ones nationality, but the statements of each applicant,” he emphasized.

If one asks for political asylum and it is denied, he said, those people have to wait for a period of time to ask for a visa.

“There is a period in which one cannot ask for a visa, as that person obviously has the intention of immigrating to the United States, so their is no reason to authorize a visa,” he said.