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Each Rurales Member Issued 45 Bullets to Take on Tuta's Men

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 19:10
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“Each member of the Rural Police Force in Michoacán has been given a navy blue uniform (that looks a lot like the one used by the federal police), footwear,  an AR-15 rifle, a used 9 mm pistol, 15 bullets for the pistol and 30 bullets for the rifle.  
Additionally, they were given 15 (small Nissan) pick-up trucks to carry out their patrols.

These Nissan pick-ups have brought some criticism from the pro-AD Facebook page, Valor Por Michoacán; ‘Where are the Cheyennes?  Are these things armored?  With these pick-ups, they won’t even be able to get out of Tepalcatepec, much less look for La Tuta in the mountains with his guys with 50 caliber guns.’

According to Reforma (the Mexican newspaper) these new rural police have not received any training nor subjected to any physical, psychological, or security testing.  

It’s unknown what the budget for new Force is and, even, how much each new member is being paid.”

The legality of Rurales Under Question

The consensus in the Michoacán State Legislature is that the new Fuerza Rural is illegal, since state enabling legislation has not yet been passed:

“Michoacán state law does not allow for a State Rural Police Force, so what these autodefensas have been converted into is illegal, unless they’re created under the laws governing the federal defense forces, say state legislative leaders.

The Chairmen of both the State Legislature’s Constitution Committee and the Legislature’s Justice Committee, Sebastián Naranjo Blanco and Selene Vásquez Altorre, respectively, reached this conclusion about the illegality of the Fuerzas Rurales that began operating Monday.” 

PGR Says Mireles is not being investigated for murder


Mariana Benítez Tiburcio, of international affairs of the Attorney General’s Office reported that, as of yet, the PGR Agency [federal] has not been notified of an investigation against Dr. José Manuel Mireles. 

Commissioner Castillo has insinuated there was an investigation and possible link with the deaths of five people. He further perpetuated, there was a photograph taken with Dr Mireles holding “the head” of one of the corpses, as a trophy, Borderland Beat was given the fotos and the right to publish them, which was done along with some facts missing from Castillo’s account.

After participating in the inauguration of the National Forum Code of Criminal Procedure at the National Institute of Criminal Sciences (INACIPE), Benítez stated that the new National Code of Criminal Procedures is not fixed and can be improved for better functioning once effective sentencing reforms take place in June 2016.

first part posted on forum by “Pepe” as published  in Reforma


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