Just last week, 10 more federal police were arrested for trying to extort a businesswoman in Morelos state south of Mexico City, an incident she captured on tape.
“There have been many problems with restructuring the federal police because they haven’t eradicated corruption,” said Raul Benitez, an expert on security at Mexico’s National Autonomous University. “The adaption of the armed forces to fighting drug trafficking has been slow and difficult, and they haven’t been able to resolve the human right violations.”
Calderon sharply escalated an armed offensive against drug traffickers when he took office in December 2006 and made the battle his top priority. More than 47,000 people had been killed in drug violence since then and through September last year, the last time the government released official figures.