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MEXICO-CRIME/
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February 01, 2013 
Members of the "Community Police", run by local residents of towns to police their communities, stand... 
EL MEZON, Mexico 
Members of the "Community Police", run by local residents of towns to police their communities, stand... 
Members of the "Community Police", run by local residents of towns to police their communities, stand guard at an installed checkpoints on the roads outside in the town of El Mezon, near Ayutla de los Libres in the Costa Chica (small coast) region of the southern state of Guerrero January 31, 2013. Residents of Ayutla de los Libres took up arms three weeks ago to patrol and defend their communities from organised crimes and gangs that have plagued the region. Wielding machetes and rusty shotguns, a motley crew in facemasks escorts dozens of prisoners accused of crimes ranging from robbery to dismemberment onto a basketball court to face public trial: Wild West justice Mexican style. Outraged at relentless extortion, kidnapping and theft by criminals amid a wave of drug-related violence racking Mexico, farmers, shopkeepers and citizens in the mountainous western state of Guerrero have taken the law into their own hands as "community police". according to members. Picture taken January 31, 2013. To match Feature MEXICO-CRIME/ REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) 
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