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Impact of Organized Crime on Murder of Law Enforcement Personnel at the U.S.-Mexican Border

Authors: Schatz, Sara

  • Provides current empirical analysis of actual cases of political assassination of Mexican police chiefs
  • Discusses impact of organized crime on murder of law enforcement personnel at the U.S.-Mexican border and its geographical mapping
  • Links the discussion of political assassination to impunity in Mexican judiciary and the relationship of institutional sources impunity to organized crime ​
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This brief fills a gap in the studies of organized crime in Mexico (Kan 2012, Ríos 2011, Dell 2011) by documenting and mapping the post-2008 assassination of Mexican border police chiefs. It traces out a “systematic” of law-enforcement assassination in Northern Tier Mexico, showing how the selective, often sequential, hits by cartels on chiefs in border towns and along key drug-trafficking corridors has proven an effective strategy by organized crime elements to serve several goals: (1) to retaliate for federal, state and local prosecution, (2) to try and neutralize police chiefs, (3) to achieve intermittent local governance and/or to seed corrupt police chiefs at the municipal level, and, (4) to reduce local governmental capacity to obtain greater freedom for movement of goods. It is argued that the tactical advantage of organized crime elements gives them relatively easy physical access to law enforcement targets and thus is thus one prime element facilitating the use of assassination as a strategy. U.S. and Mexican legal, political and judicial institutions have not been able to adequately restrict opportunity for law-enforcement assassinations. The inability to reduce access to weapons and officials, to increase security for police personnel, to reduce corruption and punish offenders sets the stage for the assassination of local law enforcement. Yet, it is the goals of organized crime elements (to clear drug-smuggling routes and to try and gain more pliant governance at the municipal level) that ultimately motivate such killings. 

About the authors

Sara Schatz is a criminology expert currently affiliated with Ohio State University, as an assistant professor for Latin American Studies. She received her PhD. in Sociology at UCLA, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in International Development from UCLA. Her research specializes in the political and legal situation in Mexico.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Backdrop to the Assassination of Local Law Enforcement

    Schatz, Sara

    Pages 1-21

  • Rub Outs in the Territory: Killing Police Chiefs and Top-Level Commanders in Chihuahua

    Schatz, Sara

    Pages 23-59

  • Weapons and Methods of Attack as a Tactical Advantage

    Schatz, Sara

    Pages 61-107

  • Conclusion

    Schatz, Sara

    Pages 109-114

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-9249-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9248-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Impact of Organized Crime on Murder of Law Enforcement Personnel at the U.S.-Mexican Border
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Sociology
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9249-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9249-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-9248-6
Series ISSN
2212-6368
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 114
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations
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