David Hartley and Lake Falcon: symbols of Mexico's ineffective judiciary, police
To many it comes as little surprise that Mexican authorities have yet to recover the body of American tourist David Hartley, allegedly shot by Mexican 'pirates' on Falcon Lake.
Twenty men, reportedly on vacation, are kidnapped from a hotel in the resort of Acapulco: No leads.
Mayors are assassinated across the country: Most of the cases unsolved.
In fact, “unsolved” is the defining word for most of the crime that afflicts Mexico, where more than 28,000 have been killed in drug-related violence in nearly four years.
So to many it comes as little surprise that Mexican authorities have yet to recover the body of American tourist David Hartley, despite US pressure and a week-long search that continued today with helicopters, boats, and vehicles combing Falcon Lake near Zapata, Texas.
“The biggest issue is that the judicial system has not been effective historically in convicting the right people for the right crimes,” says Maureen Meyer, associate for Mexico and Central America for the Washington Office on Latin America. "Mexico also needs an effective police force that can investigate crimes and gather evidence.”
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