Law enforcement officers in west Texas are on guard following an alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security warning of retaliatory killings for a recent crackdown on the Barrio Azteca gang.
David Cuthbertson, special agent in charge of the FBI's El Paso division, said the paramilitary-style gang has an "open policy" to kill its rivals and may turn its sights toward local law enforcement officers.
"[They] are extremely cold-blooded and aggressive," Cuthbertson told FoxNews.com. "The killings are done really without thought and any kind of remorse."
Citing uncorroborated information, Homeland Security issued an Officer Safety Alert on March 22, advising lawmen in the El Paso sector to vary their routes to and from work and to wear body armor while on duty. The alert also suggested that officers' relatives pay closer attention to unusual activity in the area.
"The Barrio Azteca gang may issue a 'green light' authorizing the attempted murder of [law enforcement officers] in the El Paso area," the alert read. "Due to the threat, it is recommended that [law enforcement officers] take extra safety precautions."
I have an idea. Why doesn't DHS do something about this?
For decades we have sat around and pissed our pants in fear over Mexican drug gangs. Why haven't we done something about it? Send the military down there. Seal the border. Tell the Mexican government there is not another US dime for them until they clean up this mess.
I don't have all of the answers but we are paying a lot of people in the federal government to come up with ideas. Why aren't they? Are we at a place now with our government in which all they can do is issue warnings?