A tale of two officers, in San Diego and Tecate


Vista del Centro de Tecate BCImage via Wikipedia

It’s easy to get cynical about about law enforcement agencies south of the border where corruption ranges from tourist shakedowns to drug trafficking connections.

But not everyone is on the take – and the problems aren’t isolated to Mexico. The Los Angeles Times published a story this past weekend about Juan Jose Soriano, the high-ranking Tecate police officer who was gunned down in December, 2007, after U.S. authorities found a cross-border tunnel.

The story, based on interviews with sources north and south of the border, finds that Soriano was likely killed for doing the right thing. Read the article by Richard Marosi for more details about Soriano’s assistance to U.S. authorities prior to the officer’s death.

Meanwhile, media reported last week the arrest of San Diego police officer Juan Hurtado Tapia. The officer has been charged in U.S. federal court in connection with passing information to members of what appears to have been a cross-border drug smuggling ring.

Both cases raise interesting questions about what makes individuals go against the grain, for better or worse, and in how stereotypes play a role in our perception of these border incidents.

Picture of Tecate streetfront.


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