Federal police to withdraw from Ciudad Juarez

AP News
Posted: Jul 26, 2011 9:05 PM
Federal police to withdraw from Ciudad Juarez

Thousands of federal police officers sent to help patrol the border city of Ciudad Juarez will start leaving in September, the violence-wracked city's mayor said Tuesday.

Mayor Hector Murguia told the press in a statement that the decision to withdraw 5,000 federal agents was made by federal officials who say the city is under control. Federal police took over the city in April 2010 after soldiers were withdrawn amid abuse of power accusations.

Murguia said security will be turned over to local police officers. The city has gone through extensive efforts to get rid of officers working for drug cartels.

The Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels have been fighting for control of the city, which neighbors El Paso, Texas.

More than 6,000 people have been killed since 2008 but homicides began declining this year. The mayor hopes those improving fortunes will help rehabilitate the city's image.