Advertising Console

    Abuse accusations cloud Mexican official

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    For years Mexico's Tijuana was a battlefield where drug lords ruled the streets -- that is until police chief Julian Leyzaola took charge of the force in 2007.

    After a sustained attack on the cartels, seizing tonnes of narcotics and rooting the police force of corrupt officers, he turned his attention to Ciudad Juarez -- regarded as Mexico's most violent city.

    But his endeavours have not been without controversy and the police chief faces accusations of abuse, torture and human rights violations - even from a fellow police officer.

    Now many question whether the superintendent can defeat the cartels in Juarez - and if human rights abuses will be the price of that victory.

    Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.