10/30/2009

U.S. cops help train Mexican officers to fight drug war

By Chris Hawley
USA Today

SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico — U.S. Marshal Israel Barajas was going "rabbit" hunting.

Standing in a park in central Mexico, he and other trainers were teaching Mexican police cadets to tail a suspect -- a "rabbit" in police slang -- as part of an unprecedented effort to help Mexico in its crackdown on drug cartels. "Remember, I don't want you going out all in a big group," said Barajas, who is from Houston. He reminded the cadets they needed to watch out for their partners -- and would be pulled from the exercise if they failed.

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