skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Prosecutors Unable To Tie Tijuana Police To Organized Crime

Audio

Aired 8/23/10

Thirteen Tijuana police officers detained a year-and-a-half ago for their alleged ties to organized crime have been freed. They were arrested as part of an unprecedented crack down on police corruption.

Thirteen Tijuana police officers detained a year-and-a-half ago for their alleged ties to organized crime have been freed. They were arrested as part of an unprecedented crack down on police corruption. Prosecutors could not find evidence against them.

The 13 police officers are part of a group of 25 who were summoned to Tijuana's military base in March 2009.

All say they were tortured so they'd confess their alleged ties to drug cartels.

They've been held in jail in southern Mexico ever since. Over the weekend, 13 of the 25 were freed.

Blanca Messina, 26, has become the de-facto spokeswoman for the families of three dozen Tijuana policemen who claim they were tortured by the police chief and Mexican soldiers.
Enlarge this image

Above: Blanca Messina, 26, has become the de-facto spokeswoman for the families of three dozen Tijuana policemen who claim they were tortured by the police chief and Mexican soldiers.

Blanca Messina's father was one of them. He'd been a policeman in Tijuana for more than 20 years. "The battle continues to free the other dozen officers. But with her dad, it was pure happiness and screams of joy."

Blanca received death threats for championing her dad's and the others' cases and for helping take their torture complaints to the Western Hemisphere's highest human rights court. That investigation continues.

Meanwhile, last week, five civilians accused Tijuana's police chief of civil rights violations and torture.

Please stay on topic and be as concise as possible. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Community Discussion Rules. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus