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Patrick Mallon - Columnist

Patrick Mallon is a freelance journalist and author of California Dictatorship: How Liberal Extremism Destroyed Gray Davis [read an excerpt]. His website is at and he can be contacted at [go to Mallon index]

California Dictatorship:
How Liberal Extremism Destroyed Gray Davis

by Patrick Mallon

The inside story of the people´s revolt against an unresponsive and unpopular chief executive.
[Order it at Amazon.] Read an excerpt

Mexico’s Fox Goes After Cop Killers?
A tragic double standard...
[Patrick Mallon]

"Men become accustomed to poison by degrees," said Victor Hugo. In the case of Mexican President Vincente Fox, the venom of hypocrisy and corruption has reached such an intolerable level that his constituents are now brutally taking the law into their own hands.

Mr. Fox doesn’t like that one bit, and that's unfortunate, because citizens in Mexico City have had it up to here as well. Since June of this year, hundreds of thousands have marched to protest against kidnappings and violent crime.

According to the BBC, Mexico has the second-highest number of kidnappings in the world, with some 3,000 reported cases last year. Kidnapping, especially that of innocent children, is a huge problem, and many of the abductions go unreported due to a complete lack of trust in law enforcement.

Then came Tuesday November 23, and an event so horrible in a supposedly civilized society, as to be unimaginable. Three police officers (or agents) were investigating the disappearance of two children in the San Juan Ixtlayopan neighborhood. As part of their duties, they were documenting the crime scene, taking photos both of the site, as well as of schoolchildren before they filed their report. Suddenly, the situation turned for the worse.

An angry mob, some thinking that the officers themselves were kidnappers, some incensed about repeated indifference to apprehending and prosecuting criminals, attacked the officers.

On live TV, the mob held the three men for hours, eventually dousing them with gasoline and setting them on fire as they pleaded for their lives. One of the men survived and is now recovering. While the BBC considered this big news, the elite American media didn't.

A week later, buried in section A-18 of the Orange County Register (November 30) is a three paragraph article titled "Fox vows to punish killers of officer," that describes how President Fox met with the family members of the victims, pledging punishment of those responsible.

Sound familiar? It should to those who have followed the news about the murder of California Deputy David March on April 29, 2002.

While Mr. Fox is vocal and visibly angered by the brutal murders of Mexican police officers by Mexican citizens, he is starkly silent about the brutal murder of an American police officer by a Mexican national, Armando Garcia: a lifetime criminal thug, thrice deported, a suspect in two attempted murders, with a history of narcotics and weapons violations.

Garcia has since fled to Mexico, but Mexico will not extradite him back to the U.S. for prosecution (even though authorities say they know where he's holed up). So Garcia is a safe cop killer, free from the law, and subject to the same quality of justice that drove an angry mob to kill two federal agents in broad daylight on national TV.

In the struggle for legitimacy, both within its borders, and in the opinion of Americans and the world, Mexico continues to confound imagination, and is now virtually immune to any antidote for its own diseased double standards. The opinion among Mexican-Americans I know is one of abject disgust. While it's predictable that these distinct stories have been buried in the U.S. media, one should not miss the connection. Mr. Fox, and our own President Bush, both are obscuring a ticking time bomb, and the growing angst is widely shared among the increasing millions who are spurning unreliable mainstream TV news sources and empty newspapers for information.

The truth, as usual, is finding an outlet on the Internet and talk radio.

Who was David March?

These are the words of Teri March, David's widow: "April 29th, 2002, was the worst day of my life. I found out that my soul-mate, David March, was shot and killed on duty while doing a routine traffic stop at 10:30 in the morning. He was shot in the side of his chest, where the vest did not cover, then executed in the head. I also learned that his killer fled the scene.

"Instantly the news media was at the hospital, and at my home to catch the drama as it unfolded. I didn’t want to be on camera, but needed the world's help finding the person(s) that fled from the scene in a black Maxima. Within two days, the face of the expected killer was all over the news. I wanted to see the eyes of a killer who took my dreams away.

"As I sat there, ill in despair, two Hispanic men told the media, they had told Armando Garcia, "Chato" to flee to the border (Mexico). I thought this was a place to run and hide. Not a place to seek a safe haven. I was soon to find out how broken our justice system really was."

Why Should Everyone be Concerned?

Think this growing problem with lawlessness across both borders doesn't affect you? If you've ever traveled to Cancun, as a million tourists do a year, consider a very recent incident, one again naturally buried by the commerce-driven media.

On Wednesday, November 25, "Suspected drug gangsters murdered eight people execution-style in and around the Caribbean beach town of Cancun this week as a wave of brutal killings hit Mexico," said a Reuters report. The bodies were found the following day.

According to police official Joaquin Hernandez who described some of the killings, "They were blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs and one of them hand-cuffed, all five of them facing the floor." The eight murdered people have not yet been publicly identified.

So, as Americans travel to one of the world's most beautiful places, be conscious that among you, desperate people are circulating, people who have no respect for life or the law. And should something happen, don't count on justice being done.

We Californian's recognize the extent of the problem. As well, we readily acknowledge that most people from Mexico are good, law-abiding individuals. How does one fully understand another: By walking a mile in their shoes. If it was me living in Mexico with the wealth and opportunity of the United States, and all its temptations, would I enter illegally if there were no other options? Easy question: in a heartbeat. But that's not the issue.

Both Mexico and the U.S. tremble with fear over enforcing many of their own laws, and are dangerously resistant to the implications of evading the will of their people. That fact alone should be alarming to the entire populations of either country.

No one can know the pain of Mexican citizens who have had a child kidnapped, gone forever, nor the anger over government indifference. And it's impossible to fathom the loss of the families of the officers hideously burned alive. Teri March will never see her husband David again. While none of these crimes are the fault of the Mexican president, it's his response that the world holds in question.

Respect for a human life is universal, and effective justice should extend across borders. I'm certain Vincente Fox (long a stalwart backer of human rights for Mexican nationals living in the U.S.), should he be called upon to issue a public statement about this basic standard, would agree in principle, but not in fact. CRO

Patrick Mallon is a political journalist and author of California Dictatorship: How Liberal Extremism Destroyed Gray Davis. [read an excerpt]. Patrick is a regular guest on talk radio programs throughout the state and nationally. He can be contacted at

copyright 2004 Patrick Mallon



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