Reports from Mexico yesterday indicate that federal police may have committed another massacre. We have heard conflicting numbers as to how many victims there are in the northwestern area of the state of Michoacan. So far most Mexican media outlets are reporting 42 civilians and 1 police officer killed. Those numbers are subject to change – it seems customary for confusing and conflicting accounts to surface online when a terrible crime has occurred in Mexico. Federal police claim the victims were armed cartel members and engaged the federal police after a traffic stop.
The disproportionate number of casualties is unusual for police forces engaging in a gunfight with a large group of cartel members.