Mexico's high court of law on policing by military

MEXICO CITY – Mexico's Supreme Court has dismantled a controversial law that has been created in a policing role in much of the country.

The court determined that the measure was unconstitutional because it attempted to normalize the use of public forces in public safety.

Deep-rooted corruption and ineffectiveness among local and state police forces has led Mexico to rely heavily on military combat cartels in parts of the country.

But military commanders have long expressed an uneasiness about what was essentially an open-ended policing mission. The armed forces have been implicated in a number of human rights abuse cases.

On Wednesday, President-elect Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a security plan that would also lean on the military.

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