Aug. 27 - Dramatic scenes in the violence-ravaged Mexican town of Tixtla as vigilantes mob local police in town square and seize their weapons in broad daylight. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A vigilante group in Mexico's violence-ravaged southern state of Guerrero routed local police in the town of Tixtla on Monday, attacking officers and stealing rifles from police they accused of being in cahoots with organized criminals. Armed with hunting rifles and wearing green khaki shirts, members of Tixtla's "community police" attacked police officers and confiscated their weapons in broad daylight as they took over the town's municipal center. Member of the vigilante group, Gonzalo Molina, accused officers and the local government of collaborating with criminals. According to local media, members of the vigilante group mobbed officers in a three-hour attack in broad daylight. The vigilante group targeted police to demand the release of members of their self defense civilian group. Mexican authorities have faced a careful balancing act in handling the issue of Guerrero's vigilante groups with the new civilian force popular with beleaguered locals who have little faith in the police force or the justice system. Community police in the violence-ravaged state say they have taken up arms because police are often in cahoots with criminals, do nothing when crimes are reported and ask for bribes themselves. The vigilante justice underscores a serious challenge facing President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has vowed to shift the focus away from a head-to-head fight with drug-smuggling cartels that has killed up to 70,000 people in the past six years and to a more effective campaign against extortion and violence.