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Thursday 13 September 2012
Tweets lead to arrest of amorous cop in Mérida
Social media is putting Mexico`s police under new scrutiny.
The local flat feet, long accustomed to casual days of hanging out and maybe
picking up a few bribes, are now having their languorous ways posted for all
the world to see.
Just yesterday (September 12, 2012) a cop in Mérida, the
capital of Yucatán, was photographed outside the local bus station hugging and
kissing a lady friend.
And parked on the yellow line, too!
The pictures were posted to Twitter, including a tag to the
governor`s account, whereupon the officer not only lost his job, but was also
The tweet was sent by ``@toyito22``, who added a wry comment
about how the officer with the State Police (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública
Estatal) was safeguarding public order.
An investigation in process
The officer, whose cruiser's ID number was clearly displayed in the photograph, had been assigned to patrol the south end of the city. In the picture he was also illegally parked, though that is hardly news unique to Mexico.
It was the speed and the harshness of the response that was
notable. The Yucatán governor, Ivonne Ortega Pacheco, announced last night via
her official Twitter account that the local lothario had not only been found –
he had also been arrested.