I was just reading an article about the newly selected police chief in the northern section of Mexico’s Chihuahua; Marisol Valles Garcia. The criminology student, who happens to be a 20 year old from another small town in Mexico and the only individual to accept the job, was sworn in the crime-stricken town fully strapped with prevencion, solidaridad, y educacion.
These are her weapons to bring out safety in the town where the drug cartels are responsible for an alleged over 28,000 deaths in the past four years alone. Yes, TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND BODIES. Garcia was quoted as saying she will not intervene with matters involving the drug cartel because that falls under the responsibility of another branch of authority.
As usual, I “scrolled” down to read the response from the general public under the comments section. Most of them wished her farewell, others placed bets on how much longer she would live, and others were certain she is protected and part of the drug cartel. As an outsider I can only give out a biased observation on reported events by American media covering foreign affairs. This is what I think:
…Smells awfully fishy. I am all for bravery and heroism, and I truly belief that some individuals can be extremely naïve. However, I’m going to be a total cynic on this one. I can’t fathom a 20 year old criminology student accepting the job of police chief in a region known to be controlled by drug lords without having ANY ties to the cartel. I mean seriously, should this 20 year old student amateur even be allowed such a position?
Come on BL, let’s have a vote: Case of a naïve heroine or part of the drug cartel’s invisible hands/eyes/ears?
by Keyla Cedano