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Brazil Police Killings Rise During Coronavirus Pandemic

The states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro recorded upticks in numbers of killings by Brazilian police during the first months of 2020, even while crime rates...
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A Fractured System – Mexico’s Criminal Investigation Network

In 2015, Mexico City’s government launched an electronic system that would coordinate the work of police, experts and public ministries, to improve their...
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As Officer Murders Soar, Identity Crisis Plagues Mexico’s Local Police

Two municipal police officers, Omar Nieves and Noemí Esperanza, were on routine patrol, sitting in traffic in broad daylight on a highway in northern Celaya, when...
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The Never-Ending List of Allegations Against Mexico’s Former Top Cop

The former head of Mexico’s federal police has been implicated in a money-laundering scheme that moved millions in suspected bribes from cartels. This is just the...
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In Honduras, Coronavirus Lockdown is Enforced at Gunpoint

Militarized police forces are at the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in Honduras. Yet after more than a decade building a formidable state security arsenal,...
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Torture is Widespread, Systematic Security Tactic in Mexico: Report

Of the tens of thousands of investigations into the use of torture in Mexico since 2006, less than one percent have ended in convictions -- stark evidence of the...
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The DEA Academy: The Double Agent Factory

It must have felt like a real kick in the gut for those at the DEA when they found out that Commander Iván Reyes Arzate, who had been an agency lackey for eight...
43 people have been violently killed in Rosario since the start of 2020
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Police Corruption Blamed as Bodies Pile Up in Rosario, Argentina

Argentina’s inability to contain a new wave of violent murders in the strategically located city of Rosario has exposed a deeply fragmented criminal landscape and...
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After Prosecutor’s Murder, Will Colombia Protect Its Anti-Crime Crusaders?

A murky investigation into the assassination of a leading prosecutor in Cali puts at risk the country's ability to protect the lawyers and judges investigating...
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Police Again at Center of Latest Death Squad Uncovered in El Salvador

A hit squad in El Salvador that included police officers, including some from elite units, gunned down dozens of people, underscoring how nearly 30 years after the...
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Majority of Mexico Police Force Unfit for Service

The majority of police officers across Mexico are unfit for duty three years after the government established a firm timeframe for reforming the institution,...
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Is Sonora the Swansong for Mexico’s Local Police Forces?

Police in Mexico's northern state of Sonora are resigning as many of their colleagues are violently killed but the government is plugging the gap with its new...