AirTalk for October 18, 2013

Mexico still a long way away from improving local and federal police forces

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Police forces patrol on the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico. Mexican authorities say they'll miss another deadline for certifying and vetting the nation's police officers.

The deadline for certifying hundreds of thousands of police nationwide in Mexico is October 29th and it is looking like they will be missing that deadline. Overhauling the police force has been one of the most important components for nearly a $2 billion U.S. aid package and one of the centerpiece issues for the government.

Will the Mexican Congress extend the deadline for vetting police? Have there been any successes in this attempt to overhaul the police force? In the United States, we hold up honesty in law enforcement as one of the most important ingredients in our democracy. What do Mexicans think about that? Are they simply numb to the effect of corrupt police, or do they know something we don’t?

Guests:
Tracy Wilkinson, Mexico City Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times

Christopher Wilson, Associate for the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars  in Washington D.C.


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