Mexico's abusive well-heeled get rare comeuppance

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2013 at 10:51 pm •  Published: May 9, 2013
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The arrogant among Mexico's well-heeled got a sharp rebuke Thursday, when two women who crashed in a Porsche and injured a pedestrian were hauled off to jail while threatening police and proclaiming their political connections after what authorities said appeared to be an all-night drinking spree.

Federal authorities, meanwhile, suspended four officials in the country's consumer protection agency for allegedly punishing a restaurant that had angered the daughter of the agency's chief prosecutor last month.

Mexicans have long complained about such behavior, but social media have made it easier to document and ridicule people involved, as happened with both incidents, and tolerance for such behavior has dropped.

Police officers, who get little pay and less respect, often bear the brunt of the arrogant, and traffic stops involving politicians' relatives can end with the threatening phrase, "You don't know who you're messing with."

But the city government said it is following a policy of "zero tolerance for impunity" to the long-standing custom of wealthy or well-connected citizens browbeating cops into releasing them.

The pair of women were in a Porsche Boxster, a luxury sports car few Mexicans can afford, when it went out of control early Thursday at a street corner in Mexico City's leafy Roma neighborhood, hitting a parked SUV and a pedestrian.

When police showed up, "both women argued, saying they were related to or knew a public servant in the police department ... and threatened the officers that they would lose their jobs if they tried to arrest them," the city's Public Safety Department said in a statement.

It said officers ignored the threats, took the women in to get medical evaluation and face charges. The city Attorney General's Office said it had to wait for driver of the Porsche to sober up. The pedestrian injured in the crash was taken to a hospital, where she was recovering from her injuries.

Mexicans took to social media and quickly dubbed the two arrested women "The Ladies of Roma" — an echo of another pair of women who were caught on video insulting, threatening and trying to punch officers in the upscale Polanco neighborhood in 2011, earning them the sobriquet "The Polanco Ladies."

In the case involving the federal consumer protection agency, the federal comptrollers' office announced Thursday that it was suspending four civil servants and investigating them for allegedly punishing the restaurant in retaliation for angering the daughter of their boss.



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