By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/22/2010 - 14:00
Mexico's bloody drug wars have come to this: The new police chief in Pradexis Guadalupe Guerrero, Mexico, in the border state of Chihuahua, is Marisol Valles Garcia, a petite 20-year-old college student who stepped up when no one else would. Here’s what you need to know about this brave chica:
Who She Is: Born and grew up in Ciudad Juarez, which has the highest murder rate in Mexico, so she’s no stranger to violence. She is a fighter: a single mom to a toddler boy and a college student studying criminology.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/26/2009 - 16:08
When Ernestina Madragon was pulled over by the police in Dallas, she understood that she'd be getting a ticket that she deserved for making an illegal U-turn. It was the citation on the ticket for "not speaking English" and the accompanying fine that confused her. "He asked me if I spoke English. I said I speak a little and understand it," Madragon said.
By Anabell Romero | 07/30/2009 - 11:46
The home of the police commander of Veracruz, Mexico, Jesus Antonio Romero, was set on fire on Wednesday morning, killing him and his family. Romero had just recently been appointed operations chief for the joint police force of Veracruz and Boca del Rio when an unknown number of gunmen attacked his home.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/10/2009 - 17:10
Another day, another story of violence in Mexico spurred by the ongoing war between the government and drug cartels. But now, the violence has spilled over into the tourist destination of Acapulco, causing dozens of frightened visitors to flee their hotels and head home.
By Christine Estevez | 06/04/2009 - 17:45
What happens when everyday citizens decide to take the law into their own hands? If you’re in Philadelphia, nothing. About a dozen angry residents of West Kensington neighborhood will not face criminal charges for hospitalizing 26-year-old Jose Carrasquillo, after beating him for several minutes on Tuesday with fists, feet, and wooden sticks prior to police arriving. The catch: Carrasquillo was wanted for questioning in the rape of an 11-year-old girl, which was so violent she needed surgery to recover.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/03/2009 - 14:15
Two short days after promising to purge the government of corruption, the President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, fired 700 police officers and forced the resignation of 31 more military and police generals.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/25/2009 - 12:00
Police in Arkansas recently seized nearly 500 pounds of marijuana from Grammy nominated rapper Fabolous's tour bus. The hip-hop star was headed back to the east coast after attending the NBA All Star game this past weekend in Phoenix, Arizona.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/14/2008 - 14:00
Can’t find time in your busy schedule to hit the strip club? That’s okay, just hop on the subway! Chilean subway riders were in for a titillating street performance when they boarded trains for their morning commute last week. Professional poll dancer Monserrat Morilles, 26, dropped down to her skivvies and showed off her skills as a form of protest to Chile's "extreme prudishness and lack of tolerance".