As cartel-related violence continues virtually unabated in Mexico's Ciudad Juárez, thousands of police officers in that city of 1.3 million people have fled their homes and now must live in hotels to conceal their identity. The government-funded relocation follows a month in which eight police officers were murdered as part of a systematic campaign by one of the cartels to attempt to force the resignation of the city’s police chief. Banners around the city have threatened the death of a police officer a day until Police Chief Julian Leyzaola resigns his office.
A story at BorderlandBeat.com reported that on January 25, “At least a dozen banners” appeared around Ciudad Juárez that morning, threatening the police chief and his officers:
This is for Leyzaola. If you continue supporting the imitators and only arrest our people we will kill one officer daily so that the citizens will know how corrupt you are. Leyzaola = a criminal with a badge. Sincerely, Nuevo Cartel de Juárez
By the time of the posting of the banners, five police officers and a Chihuahua state prosecutor had already been killed during the month of January.
Cartel-related violence has been virtually out of control for several years in Ciudad Juárez, and cartel activities regularly spill over the border into the neighboring city of El Paso, Texas.
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Photo: Monument to Benito Juárez