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Mexican state police officers blow whistle on orders to cease efforts to combat drug cartels: Video

July 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican state police officers blow whistle on orders to cease efforts to combat drug cartels: Video

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State police officers in the Mexican city of Reynosa reportedly told commanding officers to stand down when it comes to combat drug cartels.

State authorities have been the driving force in fighting off the increasing power of the Gulf Cartel in the area.

However, the struggle has come at a substantial cost. So far, 15 police officers have been killed in the line of duty while 30 others have been wounded during attacks by drug cartels in only seven months.

A local reporter in Reynosa recorded an anonymous interview where a state officer calls out his bosses for ordering him and his colleagues to stop fighting cartels.

The cop, who does not reveal his face, was one of several protesting outside of the headquarters after another officer died in a cartel ambush.

Ealier this week, the Gulf Cartel executed a string of ambushes against state authorities killing one officer and wounding four others.

The most recent incident resulted in a protest by most Tamaulipas officers in Reynosa, in which they called out their superiors and allege that they are accepting money from cartel associates.

According to Breitbart Texas, the protesting Tamaulipas officers indicated that Ricardo Martinez Ruiz, the new coordinator for the Accredited State Police, directed them to stop fighting cartel forces because that it is a federal and not a state crime.

The cops allege that Martinez Ruiz will not allow them to help out other officers when they are under attack and that the coordinator is declining to provide them with proper weapons and gear.

The officers also said that the public safety representative for the northern region of Tamaulipas, Jose Alfredo Cantera Maldonado, received cash from the Matamoros faction of the Gulf Cartel and been working in cooperation with them.

The Matamoros faction of the Gulf cartel has been at war with their rivals in Reynosa for over a year in a violent struggle that has resulted in over 500 murders.

Another major complaint expressed by the state cops deals with a new program where officials used different radio frequencies for each municipality. This makes it challenging for officers to coordinate a response among different teams when dealing with attacks from cartel operatives.

According to the protesters, their complaints have been ignored while they continue to battle on their own against the forces of the Gulf Cartel.

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