Transparency & accountability

DF Ombudsman Alvarez Icaza: The prestige of the army is in jeopordy

The intervention of the army to combat drug trafficking and other crimes in the Federal District jeopardizes the prestige kept by the military institution to the public, said capital ombudsman, Emilio Alvarez Icaza.

“We are risking the use of armed forces in public security because the military are not trained to be agents of public security. The paradigm of the use of force is different, “he said.

During the seminar “Sociology of Organized Crime, Human Rights and Civil Society” organized by the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) and the Human Rights Commission of the City (CDHDF), Alvarez Icaza said that there are three agendas: national security , public security and public safety, and must each have their own actors and dynamics.

“The Army is an institution that we recognize and trust is essential to maintain their competence. I hope that Sedena interventions in the city, are strictly exceptional and non-operational…” “he added.

Meanwhile, Juan Salgado, a researcher at the Collective Security Analysis of Democracy (Casede), Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), found that the Army has an intelligence that the police do not have and in that sense, could help, in “special” cases.

Martinez, Fernando. “Peligra prestigio del Ejército en DF, dice ombudsmanEl Universal July 1, 2009.

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