Mexican federal police raided several local police stations as part of a sweep to try to clean up local forces allegedly corrupted by drug-trafficking gangs, the Wall Street Journal reports. The raids came a day after heavily armed federal police engaged in a tense standoff with local officers in Monterrey, Mexico’s third-biggest city. Several dozen federal police and scores of local police squared off for several hours at a busy intersection in Monterrey, aiming at each other with semiautomatic assault weapons. No one was hurt, but images of the two forces aiming guns at each other stunned Mexicans.
The standoff occurred amid a crackdown on allegedly corrupt local police. In the past nine days, 78 police officers, including a local police chief, have been detained on suspicion of being in the pay of Mexico’s powerful drug-trafficking groups. Army troops and federal police have raided police stations across the state of Nuevo León almost daily, interviewing officers and inspecting their weapons and cellphones.