The other day a cop snickered "gringo" as I passed. Later (of course -- you never think of these things on the spur of the moment) I thought of "blugo", as cops have blue uniforms in most places, and any free person would want them to just go away. Especially in Mexico -- my hosts say cops are the worst crooks, confirming what I already thought. They routinely shake down Mexican citizens for whatever cash or valuables they might be carrying. With complete impunity, too; most Mexican citizens cannot legally possess weapons, but they can.

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