Probes by authorities sputter as violence in Mexico mounts
MEXICO CITY– The news is eerily familiar, as is the response: 20 tourists are abducted in Acapulco. Could they be tied in to drug traffickers?
The same question was asked when teenagers were gunned down in Juárez, when students were killed in Monterrey, when migrants were massacred in Tamaulipas state, and when a family was shot outside Mexico City.
The inevitable questions, experts say, are a consequence of Mexico’s endemic impunity and a judicial system so weak that one of the conclusions drawn before any investigation takes place is that the victims are probably tied to organized crime.
Public speculation that victims of crimes were themselves involved in organized crime leads the government to effectively close cases, experts say.
“It’s not an open practice, but it’s what’s happening,” Salgado said.
I hate it when people say, “Let the bad guys kill each other,” because a lot of them were not bad guys until they were forced into it, or tempted into it. They’re losing a generation in Mexico.