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MEXICO CITY — A bid by Mexican police to polish their image backfired after youngsters at a police summer camp were filmed chanting that they had killed their dads and tossed their sisters into ditches.
Mexican newspapers and TV carried reports on Thursday that children as young as 6 were taught to belt out the lurid marching song at an elite federal police youth camp for up to 3,000 kids near Mexico City.
“I never had a father, and now I never will, the only one I had, I killed,” the grinning youngsters chanted in the clip shot at the camp in recent days and aired on national TV.
Mexico’s police are struggling to shake off an enduring reputation for brutality and corruption, with some units routinely linked to kidnap and drug trafficking gangs by investigators.
(Posted on August 5, 2005)