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Move Against Police Heartens Some in Juarez

Detention of Officers Strikes at Corruption. While federal investigators dug for corpses in a nearby yard, Deonicio Delgadillo Picazo watched over his 11-year-old daughter, who was playing on a seesaw. Delgadillo said he was not surprised that 17 state police officers had been implicated in the deaths of 12 people found buried in the neighborhood. But he was shocked, he said, that some of those policemen were in jail. “Nobody trusts the police,” said Delgadillo, a landscaper. “The roots of corruption are as deep as those of a tree.” After a decade in which hundreds of murder cases have piled up unsolved, the detention by federal authorities of 13 state police officers, along with the issuance of arrest warrants for four others, suggests that the administration of President Vicente Fox might be ready to confront the collapsed law enforcement system in this city of 1.2 million. The state policemen were detained on Jan. 29, after the bodies were discovered in the yard of a modest home in a middle-class neighborhood here. Investigators, who suspect the killings were drug-related, said the bodies showed signs of torture. Full Story

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