The message claims this group of kidnappers is responsible for several murders in the area and has the full support of the local police, who allow them to come and go as they please.
The banners indicate that the calls for help often fall on “deaf ears” and the local authorities protect the former police chief, who is being escorted by a detail of officers from
Update on La Linea banner
Two commanders and one high level official for
the office of the Secretary of Public Security (SSP) are under investigation for protecting groups of sicarios from the Sinaloa cartel who are operating in Cuidad Juarez according to an article that appeared on the news website La Jornada yesterday.
Authorities claim this is the culmination of several months of intelligence work involving various agencies including the SSP, elements of the Assistant Attorney General for Special Investigations and Organized Crime (SIEDO), and
the Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR).
According to sources, the investigators have evidence that at least two of the officers received money from the Sinaloa cartel to facilitate murders and executions committed by cells of sicarios operating in Juarez. SSP and SIEDO officials have are also looking into allegations that an important functionary of the SSP in Chihuahua - whose name was not revealed in the briefing - had strong personal ties with a top drug lord – whose name also wasn't revealed.
On the 18th of September a banner was found accusing several elements of the federal police of in Ciudad Juarez of corruption and seemed to claim responsibility for the murder of a photographer near the offices of El Diaro. The message also threatens to attack police by name.
“The same thing that happened to the journalists will happen to you if we don't get the money back”
The officers mentioned are federal agents.
“Commandante Diaz Savedra, Commisario Pavon, Commandante Aries, the same thing that happened to the journalists will happen to you if we don't get the money back. You guys are no better than Mayer Resendiz"
- La Linea
La Linea is the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel which has been at war for some time with the El Chapo and the Sinaloa cartel. It has been rumored that the city police are mainly loyal to La Linea while the federal police and the army may have ties with El Chapo.
Another message appeared the next day claiming that a rival cartel had hung the banner and that La Linea does not kill journalists.