Redeemed by Their Blood: The Border Trilogy, Part 3
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A Rosarito cop enters the municipal palace--City Hall--and approaches the office of the secretary of security, Jorge Montero. Unholstering his sidearm, he evacuates the weapon of its magazine. He clears the chamber and hands the pistol to a dark-skinned, crew-cut guard. No words are exchanged--only stolid tension.
The guard is a former soldier in the Mexican Army, and he is one of three young men dressed in black paramilitary gear. He totes an AR-15 rifle--which is locked and loaded, with an extra magazine taped into place for easy retrieval--and stares stonily into the building's central courtyard. He tucks the officer's firearm into the back of his belt and dismisses the man with a tilt of his head.