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Country Report Puerto Rico

  • Published: September 2014
  • Region: Puerto Rico
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Over a dozen former officers from the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) pleaded guilty to corruption-related charges on August 25th, highlighting the breadth of problems that still plague the force.

The PRPD, the second-largest police department in the US , has long had a reputation for corruption, brutality and widespread civil rights violations. Over a five-year period beginning in 2005, PRPD officers were arrested more than 1,700 times for crimes including murder, drug-trafficking, rape and assault. Between 2004 and 2008 the island's residents made over 1,500 complaints asserting that officers had used unjustified or excessive force. In one much-publicised case in 2007, a habitually aggressive officer shot and killed a man during an arrest at a birthday party because he thought the man had insulted him. The officer was later convicted of murder.

In 2008 the US Department of Justice (DOJ) began investigating the 17,000-strong officer force, concluding that even its good officers operated in an "institution that fails to prevent or correct illegal behaviour". After the DOJ sued the department in 2011 alleging multiple violations of the US constitution and federal READ MORE >

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