Friday, March 11, 2011
Leyzaola in Juárez
Blustering Julián Leyzaola is back in charge of a municipal police force, now in Juárez. His previous stint in Tijuana was made sorta famous by William Finnegan's piece in The New Yorker. Murders dropped significantly under Leyzaola in 2009, which also contributed to his unusually high profile. However, whether or not the drop had much to do with Leyzaola and his tactics, which periodically bled into brutality, is an open question. Plus, violent crime bounced back last year, so Leyzaola's appearance in Juárez probably means little for public security in the city.