Tijuana: army officers take over police force

Tijuana’s Public Security Secretary Alberto Capella was ousted Dec. 1 and replaced by his second-in-command, army Lt. Col. Julian Leyzaola, following three days of violence that left 37 people dead in the border city. Another army officer, Capt. Gustavo Huerta, has been appointed the new number two on the city’s police force. Mayor Jorge Ramos’ office said that putting army officers in charge will help “regain security” in Tijuana. Among the 37 killed over the weekend were two children aged four and 13—and nine headless corpses dumped in a patch of wasteland. More than 200 people have been killed in the past month in Tijuana. (AP, The Guardian, Milenio, Dec. 2)

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