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Abuse accusations cloud Mexican official
Ciudad Juarez's police chief faces criticism over his offensive against drug cartels.
Last Modified: 22 May 2011 22:38

For years Mexico's Tijuana was a battlefield where drug lords ruled the streets – that is until police chief Julian Leyzaola took charge of the force in 2007.

After a sustained attack on the cartels, seizing tonnes of narcotics and rooting the police force of corrupt officers, he turned his attention to Ciudad Juarez – regarded as Mexico's most violent city.

But his endeavours have not been without controversy and the police chief faces accusations of abuse, torture and human rights violations - even from a fellow police officer.

Now many question whether the superintendent can defeat the cartels in Juarez - and if human rights abuses will be the price of that victory.

Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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