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Mob burns law enforcers to death
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 Posted: 3:10 AM EST (0810 GMT)


MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A crowd of people angry about recent kidnappings at a local school have cornered federal agents taking photos of children leaving the building and burned the officers alive in Mexico City's southeastern outskirts.

It is the latest example of mob justice in a country beset by corrupt police and high crimes rates.

Officials said Tuesday two agents were dead, and one was being treated at a local hospital.

Federal police director Adm. Jose Luis Figueroa told local television stations that the three agents, none wearing uniforms, had headed to the San Juan Ixtlayopan neighborhood in an unmarked car as part of an operation against drug dealing in the area.

The killings, filmed and broadcast on local television stations, were carried out by a crowd of people who cheered, chanted and shouted obscenities as they kicked and beat the plainclothes agents.

The mob then dowsed two officers with gasoline and set them ablaze. Police did not immediately arrest anyone, but were investigating.

The images were taped, then aired during TV Azteca's late-night newscast. At one point before the burning, the victims, blood streaming down their faces, spoke into the cameras, saying they were federal anti-terrorism agents who had been sent to the area on official business.

The agents were held by the mob for several hours before they were killed.

Figueroa said heavy traffic and residents who blocked authorities from moving in until the two agents were dead kept police from responding.

A third federal agent was badly beaten, but eventually rescued by police and rushed to a nearby hospital. Images taken from a helicopter showed dozens of residents milling around the burned, motionless bodies of the two agents, left in a street.

Dozens of police in full riot gear moved in more than an hour later and dispersed the crowd.

The violence began in the early evening, when locals collared three men staking-out a school.

The area had been tense since two youngsters had disappeared and were feared kidnapped from the school.

Some in the crowd appeared to believe the agents were kidnappers, while others were simply angry that the alleged kidnappings hadn't been fully investigated by police.

When asked about complaints that authorities had failed to respond to demands to investigate the previous disappearances of two children in San Juan Ixtlayopan, Figueroa said a full schedule had prohibited federal authorities from concentrating on those cases.

Mexicans, frustrated by government corruption and soaring crime rates, have often taken justice into their own hands.

Earlier this month in another town on the capital's outskirts, police rescued a 28-year-old man local residents were threatening to beat to death for allegedly trying to steal a guitar and tape deck from a local community center.

And two years ago, an angry mob beat to death two of three youths who allegedly tried to rob a taxi driver in Mexico City.
 
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This is just what is typical of the scumbag drug dealers in that area. The thought of sending US troops in there to help control the violence has entered my mind, but of course we are busy right now with other issues. But cleaning house down there might have some positive effects here.
It seems the situation has gotten out of hand as the scum takes more territory, and the vigilante type justice just make things worse.
 

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We need to seal-up our border and keep people like that from flooding over. If we don't, one day you could wake up and that would be happening in our country.(and we will have a dual nation language)
 

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Were these agents armed? I know that sidearms wouldn't take out an entire mob, but at least they may have been able to hold them at bay until assistance arrived. The most frightening aspect to this is that those with the mentality to burn beat & burn police officers to death ("... were simply angry that the alleged kidnappings hadn't been fully investigated by police.") are jumping our borders on a regular basis.
 

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I out right agree, we should close that border to Mexico. We get nothing from this country what so ever. And I think we all have heard stories that the Police down their are so corrupt in the outer towns, where people are tourist (moslty Americans) are more or less kidnapped and have to pay the Police to be let go.
 
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