Dilemma explained

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 09:26 (3925 days ago) @ jeff in n.j.

You shouldn't be blaming the police. The police did what they were supposed to do: they responded to a call for assistance. It's the Ministerio Público al Atención de la Turista where the ball got dropped here. My experience with that office over the years, as well as with the regular Ministerio Público, has also been completely unsatisfactory, and I have found their performance far below the level of professionalism required for the circumstances and for our city.

The role of our police is to prevent crime and respond to calls for help. They do what they can under the conditions in which they work, but the problem is systemic and begins at the top of the political food chain.

The truth is most crimes here go unreported precisely because most folks here consider the process a waste of time, especially visitors on vacation with no time to be wasting in the first place. Ninety-nine percent of all crimes go unpunished in Mexico because of the inherent dysfunctionality of the system coupled with the everpresent corruption.

I don't know if any of you heard about the mother killed last month in Chihuahua, Marisela Escobedo Ortiz. The three judges responsible for freeing the confessed killer of her daughter claim they had to follow the letter of the law and release him because the Ministerio Público didn't make their case according to the requirements of the law. Although many people in Mexico are very upset over the affair and are calling for serious judicial reform, I don't expect anything to happen in the near future. Our lawmakers are more concerned with elections than doing what is right and necessary for the well-being of the country (sound familiar?).

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