By: Harriet Agerholm of Independent
Mexican authorities have taken control of the entire police force in the southern Mexican city of Acapulco, claiming the department has been infiltrated by drug gangs.
Two police commanders have been accused of murder, while the rest of the force officers have been stripped of their guns, radios and bulletproof vests and taken for background checks.
Acapulco – a beach resort – was a fashionable location favoured by movie stars in the 1950s and 60s, but has since been plagued by escalating violence due to warring drug gangs.
State police and the military will now assume the law enforcement responsibilities in the city, which has some 800,000 residents.
The state government said it took the step ” because of suspicion that the force had probably been infiltrated by criminal groups” and “the complete inaction of the municipal police in fighting the crime wave”.
Last year, Acapulco had a murder rate of 103 per 100,000 residents, one of the highest in Mexico and the world.