September 8th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

Puerto Rico police blasted in report

Puerto Rico's police department has a long pattern of violating citizens' constitutional rights through excessive force and unwarranted searches, the Justice Department said in a report released Thursday.

The analysis by the department's civil rights division found that the U.S. territory's police force is "broken in a number of critical and fundamental respects."

Bucking the trend of decreasing crime in the United States, violent crime in Puerto Rico increased 17% between 2007 and 2009. The territory has also seen a number of large protests in past years over issues such as the cost of public education and job cuts.

Police confronted these challenges with too heavy a hand, the report states.

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  1. chim chim

    I am afraid to post anything. George The Troll might get me.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Tsegaye

      I’ve noticed lrtencey that when some people follow me and I finally get around to check my email and follow back after several days, they re-follow me.So either they’re practicing what you’ve discovered or deleting me from their list because I didn’t follow back right away. I’ll have to watch more closely the next time it happens. Either way, it’s poor form and not a way to build trust with tweeple.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Trollbusters, Inc.

    Just don't post often under the same name, and you should be fine. I get trolled because I am too stuborn to change my name.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Trollbusters, Inc.

    Can't say I am surprised about PR.
    They don't embrace all things American, people.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • @Trollbusters

      "They don't embrace all things American". Like killing Native Americans (you know, the *real* Americans), racism, or invading other countries out of the blue?

      September 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    Its funny how people in this country are willing to ignore American colonialism in 2011. Just what is Puerto Rico anyway? Answer: a colony.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. george4u

    Let them secede into their own crappy country. Just another carribbean slum country.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    I thought Mexico and Puerto Rico were basically the same thing.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.Orsini

      Me thinks you should go back to high school.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hillbilly

    That's how your brain works when your Mom and Dad are siblings. Please stop breathing.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thamires

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      April 22, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |


    September 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. anotherperson

    take a look around your own country, you guys are not gold.

    September 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |