Abuse by Mexican police is nothing new. As teenagers in the 'fifties we were warned never to go to Tijuana Mexico because if we got arrested we would never get out. There were horror stories of American kids who got thrown in jail down there for some little infraction of their laws, and the parents couldn't retrieve their child until they paid thousands of dollars to get the charge dropped. The unlucky ones who had to stay were beaten during their stay in jail, but they finally released them because what the police really wanted was American money.
Any policeman down there can be bribed with American money.
They are bribed with Mexican pesos, too.
posted on 11/10/2002 11:07:45 AM PST
Oh, yes. Many stories were true. When I was hitchhiking around in Mexico in the '60s it was quite wild. More than once I was very glad I had a .44 magnum revolver and a valid Mexican pistol permit (my greatuncle had spent almost a decade in Mexico in the 1910-20 period and "knew people" in the PRI). While I never got really busted, just hustled and hassled, my great uncle did have to bail some of my older cousins out in the '50s. We didn't go anywhere in Mexico without a card in Spanish telling any cops to call some guy in Mexico City before jugging us.
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