“Mexico has disarmed more than 1,200 local police officers suspected of colluding with drug traffickers in Michoacan state and arrested 38 members of the notorious Knights Templar drug cartel active in the region,” AFP reports. ” [Federal security official Alejandro Rubido] Garcia said federal forces have taken control of 27 municipalities in the western Mexico state and disarmed 1,209 of the local police officers. The officers will undergo investigations, Garcia said. They are accused of colluding with gangs by the vigilante militias that have taken up arms in recent months in restive Michoacan state.” So the Mexican federales are cleaning-out the cartels and their police allies to placate the local militia. “The capture of Vasquez Macias and other Knights Templar leaders was among the conditions the vigilante groups demanded before giving in to government demands they turn over their own weapons.” So, will they disarm? Only if they’re really stupid. After all, nature abhors el vacio.