Mexico’s Embattled Community Police

Mexico’s bungled war on organized crime has killed 150,000—and a legion of community police fighting corrupt officials and cartels alike have found themselves in the crosshairs.

Growing 50-70% of poppies in Mexico—the world’s third largest opium producer—Guerrero state is a battleground for control of opium stocks that help fuel the heroin crisis. Community police patrol 54 of the state’s 81 municipalities—but despite being protected by law, volunteer officers have been arrested for crimes like robbery and kidnapping, shrinking their strength.

“The government is trying to stop our work,” said Nestora Salgado, a community policing leader in Guerrero. “But we have to continue.”

The New Yorker

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