This piece, republished from borderlandbeat.com, illustrates what happens when a disarmed populace faces organized crime: the police take bribes or take a powder. Or both. We’ve seen in it in Chicago. Here it is in Chihuaha. Those who do not learn from history— oh wait. This was three days ago. And how are things in Chicago these days violent crime-wise?
Chihuahua. 8-19-2012. The Guadalupe y Calvo municipality was left without public safety personnel after members of organized crime organizations threatened to kill them early yesterday morning, report confidential sources. In the afternoon, a group of Ministerial Police traveled to the town to carry out patrol duties, although they are expected to arrive early this morning . . .
“We’re very scared, there’s no police and we’re at the mercy of sicarios (killers) because the few Judicial policemen don’t want to come out, they’re scared, too, and of course they’re afraid, because just a few days ago they killed their police chief in Baborigame,” says a resident. He stated that for some time the municipality has been in a state of fear because sicarios from Sinaloa are coming in through Morelos or through Dolores.
“The Army doesn’t do anything here, you see armed people everywhere, they know there are a lot of sicarios from Sinaloa but they don’t arrest them; they (the Army) have the means with which to do this, but it looks like they don’t want to, so, who else is going to (arrest) them?” said the complainant.
“We need help, we need for the authorities to be aware that the residents of Guadalupe y Calvo are in danger. Last night, at the seat of the municipality (seat of municipal government), we were left without police, they all left, about 40 police officers, including the commander and the director. They all turned in their weapons and left because the sicarios threatened them and now there’s nobody left to protect the residents.
“The police offices are closed, so it the mayor’s office. We need somebody to protect us because we are honest, hard working people and we’re afraid we’ll be murdered for no reason. They shoot people to death almost every day and nobody does anything,” he adds.
Yesterday afternoon, State Attorney General staff confirmed the (police) disbandment in Guadalupe y Calvo. For this reason, a group of ministerial police officers was organized to be transferred to the mountain community to help the residents while the problem of lack of municipal police is resolved.