Backdrop to the Assassination of Local Law Enforcement

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The chapter presents a backdrop to the assassination of local law enforcement in Mexico’s drug-war. The analysis begins with an explanation of how spill-over arms helped change the tactical balance of power between organized crime elements and the municipal police, opening a space for the successful use of law-enforcement assassination. This facilitated the rise of the repetitive use of targeted assassinations against municipal officers which is motivated by multiple criminal goals (not just retaliation).


Mexican drug war Municipal police Spill-over arms Tactics Law enforcement assassination 


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