Drug cartel attacks against Mexican police have become so violent and so common that some Mexican police chiefs are seeking safety in the United States, reports the Dallas Morning News. Faced with cartel-sponsored assassinations that have claimed the lives of more than 25 officers since the start of May – including that of Edgar Millán Gómez, head of the federal police – and threats of further retaliation, some Mexican police are quitting their posts.
But three times in recent months, leaders of Mexican police have gone further, arriving at U.S. border crossings and applying for political asylum out of fear for their lives, according to Jayson Ahern, deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. “They’re basically abandoned by their police officers or police departments in many cases,” Ahern told the Associated Press. More than 300 Mexican police officers have been killed in the last year in the drug fight, and more than 3,500 people have died in drug-related violence.