While one may legitimately worry over drug cartel coercion of Mexican law enforcement, it would be a mistake to think American police are immune to drug-related corruption. Via DRC Net, we find yet another US cop on the take along the Texas-Mexico border:
In McAllen, Texas, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas issued a press release announcing the August 29 indictment of a former South Texas police officer for allegedly taking a bribe to protect what he thought was a cocaine shipment. Former Elsa City Police Officer Herman Carr, 45, is accused of taking a $5,000 payment from an undercover FBI agent to use his position as a law enforcement officer to protect a vehicle he was told contained five kilos of cocaine. He is charged with bribery and faces up to 20 years in federal prison.Such official venality at the border has become increasingly common, and not just on the Mexican side. That's why I've argued that new grants for US law enforcement on the border should prioritize funding for Internal Affairs units - instead we've thrown money at the same agencies that failed at border security for years.
As long as US demand and irrational border policies empower the cartels, Americans have little room to criticize Mexico about the drug war. When they do, Mexicans can rightly respond, as Christ told the multitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, "Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye, and then thou shalt see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother's."