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Tijuana’s Controversial Ex-Police Chief Subject Of New Film

"Mexico's Bravest Man"

Tijuana's Controversial Ex-Police Chief Subject Of New Film


Charlie Minn, director, "Mexico's Bravest Man"


Film Screening

What: "Mexico's Bravest Man"

When: Sunday 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Where: UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

A new documentary tells the story of Tijuana's ex-Police Chief Julian Leyzaola, who survived several murder and kidnapping attempts in the cities of Tijuana and Juárez.

Credited for tackling the cartels and lowering murder rates, Leyzaola has also been accused of human-rights violations and is now running for mayor in Tijuana.

“It's a very, very controversial story, but I do believe that he saved a lot of lives in Juárez and Tijuana because of his no-nonsense approach of not negotiating with the cartels,” Charlie Minn, director of "Mexico’s Bravest Man,” told KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday.

Minn said that Leyzaola also managed to crack down on the force itself, firing hundreds of officers in what he called a “purification process.”

“The one thing he brought into the Tijuana and Juárez police force was pride,” Minn said. “That's something that was missing while all the violence was going on.”

Minn’s documentary will be screened at UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center on Sunday.


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