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Mexico police overhaul pledge

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 01:18

Mexico's president promises to overhaul the nation's police forces after officers were accused of the suspected massacre of 43 students. Paul Chapman reports.

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Public outrage over the suspected massacre of 43 students in Mexico isn't going away. Police officers working for a drugs gang are accused of carrying out the abduction and slaughter of the trainee teachers. A government office in Guerrero state was destroyed in the latest public backlash. Mexico's president is promising to reform the nation's chaotic police structure and end collusion between officials and drugs gangs. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) MEXICAN PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PENA NIETO SAYING: "I assume responsibility for heading all the necessary forces to free Mexico from criminality, to combat corruption and impunity." Mexico has a mass of police forces. Hundreds of municipalities, 31 states and the capital each have their own. But poor training and low pay, just 370 dollars a month in some cases, have fuelled corruption. About 100, 000 people have died in violence linked to organised crime in Mexico since 2007. The trainee teachers abducted and feared to have been massacred aren't the last of them. In the same state, just hours before the president's announcement of police reform, the mutilated bodies of 11 people were found at this spot.

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Mexico police overhaul pledge

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 01:18