I was thinking of these two models more, but let me preface. Of course there are things about Mexican culture that are far better than American culture. However, when it comes to governance, I would say the American model is superior.
Ultimately, that officer should be getting paid well enough so that he doesn't have to debase his moral character in order to survive. That is the tragedy in the Mexican system.
Consider the effects each system has on the ethical and moral health of the average citizen. In the Mexican model, that police officer is forced into behaving immorally/corrupt because he's paid shit. This hurts him two ways. First, he has now given more power to the corrupt officials above him. They now have leverage on him since he himself is acting corrupt. They can easily dispose of him by doing "anti-corruption" sweeps (this is very common tactic in developing nations, authoritarian nations, and dictatorships). Second, and worse, it fosters a culture where it say's it's ok for everyone to try and shake everyone else down. It's a shit culture to have. It creates a dog eat dog mentality, which works against cooperation and community. It hampers socioeconomic development because it gets everyone to focus on eating each other, rather than working together to lift everyone up. The people that support Trump, want this. Hence my thesis that Trumpist will turn America into Mexico.
On those grounds, I'd argue the American racket is more acceptable since at least it doesn't force average citizens and the police to debase themselves as a personal level. SO not, they are not the same, and I think the American system is less toxic.
Personally I lost more money in Colorado with damn parking violations than I ever have driving for months in Merida Rancid. It is much cheaper to drive here in terms of actual parking costs, violations, meters, etc. I also love that they hire old people who need a job to help you park everywhere. You got old Mexican men telling you in Spanish "Puedes darle hacia tras ahora, ya parete ahi...a la izquierda...etc." I jump into a Pemex station and some attendant gasses up the car for me checks my tires, wipes my windshield, checks my tire pressure and treats me well and I don't have to touch that dirty gas pump and deal with that at all. They are all unionized and get full salaries at retirement. Yes there is corruption....but the Mexicans come up with schemes to keep old unemployable people employed, It is inefficient and it is not about maximizing profit. But it is their system. They use a lot of labor for everything....washing clothes, making food items, attendants for everything, while buying dishes, in parking lots, at libraries. All of them employ tons of people all the time...and in supermarkets you get tons of help...bagging groceries, unloading items, getting drinkable water, setting things up, and I even got a custom shoemaker making me shoes to my specifications for $15 bucks.
I get my clothes made by a tailor or seamstress according to my design for peanuts. In the states you can't go and ask for custom tailoring and custom one of kind shit without spending a fortune. They don't change that....I ask them why...they say the same thing, Ït is traditional. It is nicer. I like real humans coping with my situation. I don't like efficiency I like attention and art more.
Those are their values Rancid.