HomeNewsBriefTijuana's Controversial Public Safety Secretary Dismissed
BRIEF

Tijuana's Controversial Public Safety Secretary Dismissed

MEXICO / 29 NOV 2010 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

Julian Leyzaola, Tijuana’s outgoing Secretary of Public Safety, has been dismissed of his duties as a result of human rights concerns, reports El Universal.

Leyzaola, who has held his post since 2008, carries a mixed legacy, with his supporters praising his “get tough” approach to the cartels in the region, and detractors denouncing him as a strongman whose heavy-handed tactics have violated basic civil liberties. Despite the criticism, one thing is clear: Tijuana under Leyzaola has experienced a dramatic decrease in crime.

Leyzaola began his campaign with a series of sweeping reforms, replacing career police officers with former military men and ramping up investigations of corrupt cops in his department.  Partially as a result of his efforts, President Felipe Calderón declared Tijuana a “success story” last month, citing decreased levels of violence.  

However, not everyone in the Mexican government views Leyzaola so positively.  In August of this year the Mexican human rights ombudsman, Heriberto Garcia, issued a report charging that Leyzaola tortured and beat suspected cop killers during investigations. Jorge Sanchez, a police officer who charged with corruption but was later acquitted, is cited in a recent Miami Herald article as saying that a plastic bag was placed over his mouth while his eyes were covered with tape during investigations, and that he was punched in the stomach several times.  As a result of these allegations, Leyzaola will step down, and will be replaced by Gustavo Huerta, his top deputy.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COCAINE / 8 JUL 2021

A US investigation has shed light on the alleged participation of Guatemalan soldiers in a cocaine smuggling network linked to…

ARGENTINA / 3 FEB 2021

As workers across Latin America struggle to stay afloat amid economic strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, loan sharks offering…

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 JUN 2021

Running for office in Mexico means risking one's life. Just one week ahead of local elections on June 6, at…

About InSight Crime

WORK WITH US

Open Position: Full Stack WordPress Developer

28 NOV 2022

As Full Stack WordPress Developer You Will: Work collaboratively with other developers and designers to maintain and improve organizational standards.Demonstrate a high level of attention to detail, and implement best…

THE ORGANIZATION

Join Us This #GivingTuesday in Exposing Organized Crime

24 NOV 2022

For over twelve years, InSight Crime has contributed to the global dialogue on organized crime and corruption. Our work has provided policymakers, analysts, academics, journalists, and the general public with…

THE ORGANIZATION

Like Crime, Our Coverage Knows No Borders

18 NOV 2022

The nature of global organized crime means that while InSight Crime focuses on Latin America, we also follow criminal dynamics worldwide. InSight Crime investigator Alessandro Ford covers the connections between Latin American and European…

THE ORGANIZATION

Using Data to Expose Crime

11 NOV 2022

Co-director Jeremy McDermott made a virtual presentation at a conference hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The ‘Sixth International Conference on Governance, Crime, and Justice…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime ON AIR

4 NOV 2022

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley was interviewed for the podcast The Rosenberg Case: A Tale of Murder, Corruption, and Conspiracy in Guatemala, which explores the potential involvement of then president, Álvaro Colom,…