EP Times report on police killings; 5 more homicides yesterday in Juarez

The El Paso Times article below has a lot of detail on the killings of
the police officers Wednesday night in Juarez. Note the description of
the crime scene and the lack of protection of the scene; artifacts
left lying around; no security at the site of this mass murder.

Yesterday, March 29, there were 5 more murders in Juarez, including a
multiple homicide where three men were killed. The incident was
witnessed by numerous kids playing on the street at the time.

This would bring the monthly total for March to about 90. Saturday is
the last day of March, so hopefully Diario will post a real tally for
the month on Sunday.

Five Juarez Officers slain may have been set up

Presencian niños triple asesinato en Riberas


Mexico’s drug killings soar above US figures–El Paso Times analysis of numbers

From 2007 to 2010, Mexico had nearly 15 times more drug-related murders than the United States, according to an El Paso Times analysis.

Based on the Times’ calculations, the U.S. had 2,049 drug-related homicides during those four years, or 0.66 for each 100,000 of population. During the same period, Mexico had 30,858 drug-related homicides, or 27.4 per 100,000 population.

Mexico began reporting drug-related homicides in 2007 during President Felipe Calderón’s administration, referring to them as “executions,” a term officials used whenever they attributed deaths to the drug-cartel wars.

Read more at El Paso Times

US and Mexico Drug Homicides Statistics via El Paso Times

9 people killed yesterday in Juarez; 5 are municipal police murdered while off duty

Nine people in all were killed in Juarez yesterday, March 28. Five were
municipal police off duty at a party in a private home. Though the officers
have not yet been identified in El Diario, from the description of a
witness at the scene, it seems that at least 2 or 3 of the victims were
police women. Three other police were seriously injured in the attack.
Earlier in the evening, two brothers, both employed by the municipal water
department, were shot inside their home, apparently while they were eating
supper. Two other people were killed earlier in the day, including a woman
shot and killed at a public park.

On Tuesday, March 27, 4 people were murdered, including 3 men in one
multiple homicide incident.  

I have not tallied the deaths for every day in March—though Diario has
reported several days without homicides, including Monday March 26. The
lastest tally in the news was on March 18 when it was reported that 57
people had been killed so far that month.  I believe the total is now about
80. I will attempt a tally sometime later today.  I assume there will be
more details on the police shooting forthcoming.  Source articles posted
below. molly

Panetta cites 150,000 deaths from narco-violence in Mexico in trilateral meeting in Toronto

Leon Panetta (US Sec of Defense) met with his counterparts from Mexico and
Canada yesterday in Toronto. A headline story in the Mexican press (EFE
article from El Diario is posted below) says that Panetta cited a report
from Mexican General Galvan Galvan, Sec. of Defense in Mexico, that 150,000
people had been killed in the war on narcotrafficking. He did not specify
the time span.  There are more comments on the press coverage below from
Frontera List member Jim Creechan from Canada.

Just based on homicide statistics reported by the federal police agencies
in Mexico, I would estimate that the number is now about 109,000 homicides
since 2007.  It is impossible to know at this point what numbers the
Mexican military might be citing and for what time period.  Jim provides
more links in his comment from Mexican and international sources.  I also
posted an article on the meeting from the US Dept of Defense webpage. It
has nothing about numbers….

I agree that it will be interesting to see if this number gets picked up in
more media and cited.  It would seem like one of the major media folks in
Mexico City might be able to get their hands on the same report that
Panetta read…  ??  Molly

Panetta Attends Historic Trilateral Defense Meeting

Guerra vs narco en México ha cobrado 150 mil vidas: EU



shootout in Temosachi (Chihuahua state) … 10 dead

Ten people were killed in a shootout in the western region of the state of
Chihuahua on Sunday night. There have been a lot of reports lately of
multiple homicides in the city of Chihuahua and other areas in the state.
I have been trying to collect the news articles on Juarez also…though I
haven’t posted in the past 10 days, I believe the killings are averaging
about 3 per day.  I will try to catch up soon.  molly

Balacera entre presuntos narcos en Temósachi arroja 10 muertos

Toll of Mexican Crime Wave, Written in Faces on the Wall—nyt

I’m certain that this art project fulfills the Hippocratic
Oath–“First, Do No Harm…” After that, I am struck by these two

“Three months after the first image went up, that has not happened.
Crime in the neighborhood has also not declined. Residents say there
is still a shooting once a week on average.”

In Juarez, the killings are still running about 3 per day…one per
week would be a real victory.

“Like hope itself, however, the photos have proved hard to hold onto.
Of the 35 that were originally hung up, only about 10 have survived.
The rest have been destroyed by storms or stolen by neighbors who used
the vinyl they are printed on as roofs for their homes. Basic needs
like shelter, it seems, still trump conversation.”

needs no comment.  molly

Toll of Mexican Crime Wave Written in Face on the Wall

5 killed yesterday in Juarez; total of 43 so far in March; 242 for the year

Here’s an attempt to summarize the last few days in terms of the violence
in Juarez.  According to these articles, as of Sunday, a total of 38 people
had been victims of homicide in the month of March. Monday there were 5
murders, so by the best count I have is 43 in March and a total of 242
people killed so far this year–or an average of 3.3 people per day.  That
is less than the daily averages in 2008-2011, however, the death toll as of
March 12 is higher than it was at this time in 2008. Seven of the March
victims are female, including the 10 yr old girl stabbed to death in her
home on March 3. ALSO, posted below is a statement by Fiscal Jorge Gonzalez
Nicolas, more or less saying that yes, the beheadings, killings of police,
and other recent “high impact” crimes, are attempts by one of the rival
forces to show their enemies and society in general that they are still
here and still fighting. But they really aren’t–they are just carrying out
these killings to make people think they are… Well, that is not exactly
what it says, but read the original and the google translation and decide
for yourself. molly

Murders per day:

2007 – 0.86

2008 – 4.4

2009 – 7.5

2010 – 9.9

2011 – 5.7

For the Google translation, click here
Here are a few more attempts below to explain the brutality of recent
killings in Juarez…as someone who looks at the news stories almost every
day, there is really no anomaly to try to explain.  What is an anomaly are
the boasting pronouncements of politicians and policy analysts about how
everything is getting better.  We should recall that in mid-2008, several
politicians including the governor of Chihuahua and the mayor of Juarez
made statements to the press saying that the conflict was over and that
tranquility and normalcy would return.  Instead, the violence continued to
grow to unforeseen levels. The killings are down in number this year so
far. But, they are still higher than they were at the beginning of 2008
when no one could imagine what was to come next.  The only way to look at
the current killings as a great improvement is to consider the horrifying
statistics of 2010. But the killings in Juarez so far this year are more
than triple what they were in 2007 and every year before that. molly*

3 killed yesterday in Juarez; 16 in March and 220 for the year

Yesterday, a shootout around 10:00pm killed 3 people and wounded 2 others.
Two of the dead were women. So far today, 4 people are dead in reported
killings in Juarez. Not counting today’s incidents, the total from March 1-6 is now 16. Since January 1 2012, there have been about 220 homicides in Juarez. Since 2008, the homicide toll is now about 13,305—the average is still about 6.8 people per day victims of homicide in Ciudad Juarez.



El Diario

Acribillan a guardia de seguridad en la Aguirre Laredo

Acribillan a 5; mueren tres

Mexico judge orders probe into killings of women…via AP and a commentary

Thanks to Gordon for sending this one on attention to killings of women in
Mexico state.  Interestingly, during all the years that the murders of
women in Juarez was the main story (roughly 1993-2007), the percentage of
murder victims who were women was between 8 and 15 percent of the total
number of victims. During all of those years, the number of people killed
totaled about 3,500 and about 427 of those victims were women.  Also, the
study on homicide in Mexico, 1990-2007, by Fernando Escalante* compared
homicide statistics from all Mexican states and some cities. The ratio of
female to male victims was about the same in all regions. In fact, more
women were victimized in some fo the central Mexican states than in Juarez
and Chihuahua.

The characteristic that stood out in terms of Juarez victims
is that they were younger than those in other regions. I think this
probably correlates with the fact that Juarez (and other northern border
cities) at the time was an attractive place for young migrants in Mexico
due to the availability of factory jobs. That said, none of the existing
statistics indicate a significant increase in the numbers of female
homicides during those years. In 2008, when the hyperviolence began in
Juarez, more women were killed too, but the percentages went down–I
believe because by far the largest number of people involved in the gang
and drug-war-related violence were and are young men.

Averaged for all the years between 1993 and 2011, the percentage of women victims is about 9 percent in Juarez. It is probably on average a higher percentage in places where the drug violence is not so intense as the numbers of women killed in domestic and other “normal” kinds of violence will not be so out-numbered by the overwhelmingly male killings in other kinds of violent crime. When the killings of men increase, the killings of women increase also.++
FBI crime statistics for the US show that the percentage of murder victims
who are women is fairly constant at 20-22 percent. I looked at the
statistics from 1999-2009.

That said, any attention to the killings of women and all attempts to
change the reigning impunity for those who commit violent crimes against
women, children and men in Mexico is an improvement.

Below I posted a few references and also attached a graphic showing the
ratio of women’s homicides compared to total homicides in Juarez from
1993-2011.  molly molloy

Mexico Judge Orders Probe into Killings of Women

By Olga R. Rodriguez, AP

Statistics from the Attorney General of Chihuahua as reported in El Diario
and other sources:

1993 123 19 15%  1994 234 19 8%  1995 294 36 12%  1996 253 37 15%  1997 260
32 12%  1998 242 36 15%  1999 176 18 10%  2000 250 32 13%  2001 247 37 15%
2002 276 36 13%  2003 205 28 14%  2004 202 19 9%  2005 207 33 16%  2006 253
20 8%  2007 316 25 8%  2008 1623 87 5%  2009 2754 164 6%  2010 3622 304 8%
2011 2086 196 9%  TOTALS 13623 1178 9%

A Statistical Evaluation of Femicide Rates in Mexican cities along the US-Mexico Border

by Pedro H. Albuquerque &  Prasad R. Vemala



Texas Observer: Tyrant’s Foe Carlos Spector

See the attached profile of Carlos Spector and his political asylum
practice in the current issue of the Texas Observer. This is a companion
piece to the story about the hyperviolence in the Valle de Juarez that was
posted last week. That story is online here:

The Texas Observer

The Deadliest Place in Mexico

Tyrant’s Foe by Carlos Spector