Here’s an article title that catches the eye: Taking guns away from police brings some peace to Tijuana. The basic story is that the local police are so corrupt that their guns were called in en masse so they could be checked for involvement in crime. Really interesting is the reaction of the populace to this terrifying news of the disarming of the ‘thin blue line’:
“This is stupendous,” said Alfredo Arias, the manager of a restaurant in the tough neighborhood of La Libertad that was riddled by hundreds of bullets in a shootout last year between masked gunmen and federal agents.
Arias, like other residents and experts, say police weapons are not properly accounted for and are often loaned out to criminal rings. “This will obligate them to take care of their weapons,” said Arias.
Alberto Capella, president of Tijuana’s citizens’ advisory council on public safety, said disarming the police had met with widespread support.
[Thanks Digg]9:24 am on January 9, 2007 Email Stephen W. Carson