Saturday, October 20, 2012

Puerto Vallarta police chief resigns

And who can fault him, with the city presenting Baghdad-like security issues?

Guadalajara -
Five days after Puerto Vallarta's police chief narrowly survived a Los Zetas execution squad, he has announced his resignation from the department.

Roberto Rodríguez Preciado told a press conference hours after the brazen hand grenade and machine gun attack that he would not give up his post. Rodríguez served as chief for less than three weeks.

But in a terse press release, the department said Rodríguez decided to step down so that prosecutors could conduct a free and uninhibited investigation of the case. There have been rumors and accusations from some quarters that the chief was involved with organized crime forces, and was targeted when he refused to continue cooperating with them. No evidence of such claims has been offered by anyone. Rodríguez firmly denied them.

A subordinate of Rodríguez has been named the department's acting chief.

Jan. 22, 2013 - Puerto Vallarta: tensions linger after brazen narco attack
Oct. 16 - Los Zetas take credit for assault on Puerto Vallarta police chief
Oct. 15 - Puerto Vallarta police chief survives hand grenade attack

Oct. 20 - Mexico is winning its drug war, says U.S., but at the cost of soaring street crime
Aug. 29 - Honesty checks for Mexican local and state police proceed at a snail's pace
June 22 - Guadalajara and Jalisco state, next in line
Feb. 26 - Puerto Vallarta cruise passengers robbed

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