Federal Police To Leave Juarez

Juarez, Mexico – The mayor of Ciudad Juarez says thousands of federal police officers sent to help patrol the violent border city will start leaving in September.

Hector Murguia says the decision to withdraw 5,000 federal agents was made by federal officials who say the city is under control. Federal police took over the city in April 2010 after soldiers were withdrawn amid abuse of power accusations.

Murguia told Milenio Television on Tuesday that security will be turned over to local police officers. The city has gone through extensive efforts to get rid of officers working for drug cartels.

The Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels have been fighting for control of the city. More than 6,000 people have been killed since 2008 but homicides began declining this year.

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