Given the wave of violence, the community organized their own "Community Police"
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The people are tired of suffering through kidnappings, extortions, and murders, says Justino Ocampo Hernández, coordinator of the SSJC.
By: Juan Cervantes Gómez
January 24, 2014- The Self-Defense Groups extend all the way to Guerrero, specifically in eight communities referred to as the valley of El Ocotito, located around 30 kilometers from the capital, towards the port of Acapulco.
The purpose of these groups, they say, is to combat against the organized crime gangs. The people got tired of the extortions, kidnappings, and murders.
On Thursday of this week, coordinators of the Community Police of the Union of Organized People of the State of Guerrero (Unión de Pueblos Organizados del Estado de Guerrero (UPOEG)) lead by Bruno Plácido Valerio, conducted raids on homes in the communities of Cajeles, Mojoneras, El Rincón, Carrizal de la Vía, Dos Caminos, Buena Vista de la Salud, La Haciendita and El Ocotito, where they captured 13 suspected members belonging to organized crime; six of which have been released since they only had minor offenses.
Justino Ocampo Hernández, coordinator of the Security and Justice Citizenry System (Sistema de Seguridad y Justicia Ciudadana (SSJC)), in El Ocotito, in a meeting held in the community; announced on Friday that they won’t be backing out in the formation of the Community Police, because the people are tired of suffering through kidnappings, extortions, and murders, “We gave a notice to the government but they ignored us”.
The Community Police will operate in the towns where they conducted raids in order to detect and arrest suspected members of organized crime and bring tranquility to its residents, he said as he thanked the presence and cooperation of the Community Police from Tierra Colorada, Ayutla and Tecoanapa, to perform the operation.
Apart from the police that emerged in El Ocotito; they’re going to be creating other groups in 14 communities of the municipalities of Chichihualco and Tlacotepec, and Filo Mayor De Guerrero, with the same goal of ending the insecurity he continued.
As the leader of the CANACO (Mexico’s Local Chambers of Commerce), Pioquinto Damián Huato, said that the merchants of this capital look favorably at the formation of the Community Police in El Ocotito, he also added that next week they’ll announce their own plan of action that will take into account the formation of the Self-Defense Groups in the capital, but declined any further details.
Source: El Universal
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