Tijuana's next mayor could be a wheelchair-using gunslinger

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Police guard a local hospital where Julian Leyzaola Perez receives treatment after being attacked in Ciudad Juarez, May 9, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez.

The drug war has made Tijuana one of the deadliest cities in the world. That’s why analysts say that Julián Leyzaola has a good shot at winning Tijuana’s mayoral election this weekend. He’s a former soldier and police chief, and he’s very tough on crime. Leyzaola’s known for going head-to-head with drug traffickers, bragging about brutal interrogations, and being on the front line of shootouts. Four years ago, he was shot, and now he uses a wheelchair. He’s a hero to many Mexicans. Human rights advocates, however, call him the “torturer in chief” and accuse him of illegal detentions and extrajudicial killings.