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p99guy
01-23-2007, 05:50 PM
Associated Press
Jan. 23, 2007, 12:42AM

TIJUANA, Mexico The police department has issued about 60 slingshots to officers in the violent border city of Tijuana, where soldiers confiscated police weapons two weeks ago on allegations of collusion with drug traffickers.

Municipal police spokesman Fernando Bojorquez said Monday that the slingshots, along with bags of ballbearings, were given to officers patrolling areas of the city visited by tourists.

Tijuana's police force of 2,000 officers has been without guns since Jan. 5, but some patrol alongside armed state police.

President Felipe Calderon sent 3,300 soldiers and federal police to Tijuana at the beginning of January to hunt down drug gangs. The soldiers swept police stations and took officers' guns for inspection amid allegations by federal investigators that a corrupt network of officers supports smugglers who traffic drugs into the U.S. The weapons are still being checked.

About 100 police demonstrated outside Tijuana town hall on Monday demanding the return of their guns. "The arms are our tools for work," said officer Juan Manuel Nieves. "Do they want more police to be killed?"

More than 300 people were slain in Tijuana last year including 13 police officers.
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btown02
01-23-2007, 05:53 PM
That's bad.

Medula Oblongata
01-23-2007, 05:54 PM
Associated Press
Jan. 23, 2007, 12:42AM

TIJUANA, Mexico The police department has issued about 60 slingshots to officers in the violent border city of Tijuana, where soldiers confiscated police weapons two weeks ago on allegations of collusion with drug traffickers.

Municipal police spokesman Fernando Bojorquez said Monday that the slingshots, along with bags of ballbearings, were given to officers patrolling areas of the city visited by tourists.

Tijuana's police force of 2,000 officers has been without guns since Jan. 5, but some patrol alongside armed state police.

President Felipe Calderon sent 3,300 soldiers and federal police to Tijuana at the beginning of January to hunt down drug gangs. The soldiers swept police stations and took officers' guns for inspection amid allegations by federal investigators that a corrupt network of officers supports smugglers who traffic drugs into the U.S. The weapons are still being checked.

About 100 police demonstrated outside Tijuana town hall on Monday demanding the return of their guns. "The arms are our tools for work," said officer Juan Manuel Nieves. "Do they want more police to be killed?"

More than 300 people were slain in Tijuana last year including 13 police officers.
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Translation:
"The guns are our tools of oppression and murder," said Gang Member Juan Manuel Nieves. "Do they want us to have to beat our victims to death? Or push them all out of windows?"

p99guy
01-23-2007, 06:00 PM
too true....problem is soldiers taking thier guns away is like"the pot calling the Kettle black"
when you have an unhealthy amount of soldiers(and federal police) doing the same thing.

rips31
01-23-2007, 07:25 PM
so would they use fmj, as hp's prob won't expand from a slingshot?

jmz5
01-23-2007, 07:32 PM
I wounder if they use tracers, to see where their BB's is going. :p

http://www.slingshotdepot.com/images/sa50c_s.jpg

Tactical P90
01-25-2007, 06:40 AM
How about Flechette ball bearing round???

Poseidon5
01-25-2007, 07:09 AM
i know i shouldn't, but if i was walking down the street, and saw a cop armed with a slingshot, i do believe i would be obligated to point and laugh. but on a serious note, that is really crappy, if something actually does happen, granted a slingshot can be deadly, but it is in no way an effective means of defending yourself.

Medula Oblongata
01-25-2007, 11:38 AM
Its Tijuana..

The Police aren't actually Police. They are armed thugs and criminals. I'm glad they are disarmed, now they are in the same situation as the Mexican people who they have been terrorizing and victimizing for decades.

Either they will get an honest police force that can be trusted with firearms, or.. well.. Nothing will change. The gangs will still rule the streets. Only now, some of them will be disarmed.

btown02
01-27-2007, 10:03 PM
Tijuana officers get their guns back

By LUIS PEREZ, Associated Press Writer 26 minutes ago



Police in this violent border city got their guns back Saturday three weeks after they were forced to turn over weapons to federal authorities because of allegations they were colluding with drug traffickers.

Tijuana Public Safety Secretary Luis Javier Algorri said soldiers returned all 2,130 guns to his department.

He planned to send a letter to the attorney general's office asking for the results of the investigation so he could clear up any doubts about his officers. No one from the attorney general's office was available for comment Saturday.

The officers handed in their guns Jan. 4 after President Felipe Calderon sent 3,300 soldiers and federal police to Tijuana to hunt down drug gangs. The soldiers swept police stations and took officers' guns for inspection to see if they had been used to protect smugglers who traffic drugs into the U.S.

Tijuana police initially stopped patrols after their guns were taken, saying it was too dangerous, but most later returned to work. In some cases, officers were accompanied by armed state police. Others patrolled in larger numbers than normal. One officer was seen holding a slingshot that he said was for his protection.

Algorri said the drastic action put the city's safety at risk and cut in half the number of arrests made in January compared to the same period last year. Five officers were injured by assailants who took advantage of them being unarmed, he said.

In several neighborhoods, residents took the law into their own hands, grabbing suspects off the street and tying them up before calling police to haul them off.

Dubbed "Operation Tijuana," the initiative was part of a major military offensive launched by Calderon against drug gangs. The president, who took office Dec. 1 promising to crack down on organized crime, has sent more than 24,000 troops to states plagued by execution-style killings and beheadings as rival gangs fight over marijuana plantations and smuggling routes.

Drug gangs were blamed for more than 2,000 murders nationwide in 2006 and have left a particularly bloody trail in Tijuana, where more than 300 people were slain last year.

Meanwhile, six federal police officers involved in Calderon's anti-drug operation were being investigated for extortion after they were videotaped Jan. 17 taking money from a driver in Tijuana, across the border from San Diego.

The video, recorded by the Tijuana police department, shows the officers at a checkpoint stopping a motorist and searching his vehicle. After a discussion, the motorist was shown giving the police a handful of cash including at least one $100 bill.

Medula Oblongata
01-27-2007, 11:10 PM
One Mexican Policeman on condition of anonymity said "Thanks to the efforts of our cohorts in Mexico City, we now have the tools we need to again terrorize, rape, and pilliage without fear for our own safety."

Meanwhile in another part of Tijuana, three citizens who were asked for their opinion on the police having their weapons returned fled indoors after painting the threshold with goats blood, ostensibly to keep away avenging spirits..