The last 48 hours has seen the killings of 12 police officers, 4 of them killed yesterday in Ciudad Juárez including one from the state Attorney General's Office. The other 3 were Federal Police officers who were gunned down in the hotel where they were billeted. As well, in this time frame, the state of Chihuahua experienced 30 deaths, 18 of which were in Ciudad Juárez alone.
The chief of police of Agualeguas, Nuevo León, and his brother where discovered in an abandoned patrol car, both of whom were decapitated. Written on the patrol car were the initials "CDG" a reference to the Gulf Cartel (Cártel del Golfo). In Nogales, Sonora, a deputy chief of police was found assassinated as was his body guard. And, in the state of Michoacán the chief commandant of the city of Zacapau was found dead after being kidnapped last Wednesday.
Clearly, this sudden rash of deaths of high-level commanders is the narcos sending a message to the police agencies to cooperate or die, a means to demoralize the agencies and ensure that the cartels can operate unmolested. Further, these targeted executions emphasizes the power of the cartels in spite of the efforts waged by Calderón to defeat them, and that the cartels have access to information as to the location and movements of the police. If the upper echelon of police officers can be so easily targeted what hope do the regular, front line officers have?