1. DRUG WAR

    Mexican State Fires Corrupt Police Force

    Municipal policemen leave a police station after the entire police force was disbanded in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Wednesday Dec. 21, 2011. The Veracruz state government said the decision is part of an effort to root out police corruption and start from zero in the state's largest city. The navy will be in charge of patrolling the city for the time being. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

    Felix Marquez / AP Photo

    Fed up with the police force’s corruption and inability to temper drug-related crime the Mexican state of Veracruz fired every police officer in its largest city. 900 officers and 100 administrative workers were let go in the port of Veracruz Wednesday, as Mexico’s Navy took over the city’s security. The mass firing was one of the biggest initiatives to clean up local police corruption stemming from the country’s drug war that’s killed at least 46,000 people since 2006.

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