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7:44 AM 3/3/2018 – M.N.: Feed The Hungry, Reduce The Crime!

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Update – 3.6.18 | First Published on 3.3.18

M.N.: Thank you, Governor. This is a small step in the right direction, and hopefully, more steps will follow: on the one hand to protect and develop the Island’s clean organic agriculture (0r what is left of it), and on the other to reduce the widespread hunger and other related social ills. 

“The existence of a thriving agricultural economy has been prevented due to a shift in priorities towards industrialization, bureaucratization, mismanagement of terrains, lack of alternative methods and a deficient workforce. Its geographical location within the Caribbean exacerbates these issues, making the scarce existing crops propense to the devastating effects of Atlantic hurricanes.” – from: Agriculture in Puerto Rico – Wikipedia 

Puerto Rico agriculture – GS | Puerto Rico agriculture history

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M.N.: Feed The Hungry, Reduce The Crime!

This might be one of the most important factors and social services. PR and Federal Government should support these “food track” businesses and utilize their services to feed the hungry in Puerto Rico at a fraction of the cost, while some companies contracted to deal with this problem, frankly abuse their privileges and public trust. There are a lot of hungry people on the Island. This is not a trivial matter. Dear Governor, Mr. Rosello, please pay attention to this issue. 

See also: Hunger in Puerto Rico – GS 

The link between hunger and crime – GS 

The link between hunger and crime in Puerto Rico – GS

 

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Los dueños de negocios ambulantes en Carolina no descartan acudir al tribunal para impugnar el nuevo reglamento municipal, el cual, a su juicio, atenta contra su sustento y busca eliminar la operación de este tipo de negocio.

Yareli Manning, portavoz de Food Truck Republic, organización que representa a los “food trucks” en la isla, dijo estar preocupada con la decisión del municipio de sacar a los negocios ambulantes, sobre todo a los de comida. “Si desaparecen los ‘food trucks’ de Carolina, se afectarán cientos de familias”.

“Se habla mucho del empresario que Puerto Rico necesita después de María. Esos son emprendedores como los dueños de ‘food trucks’, gente trabajadora, luchadora, que quieren echar pa’ lante, empezar un negocio pequeño y no depender del gobierno para su sustento. ¿Por qué quieren eliminarlos en Carolina? Este es el primer paso para crear algo más grande”, expresó la portavoz de Food Truck Republic.

Ella no opera negocios ambulantes en Carolina, pero señaló que le preocupa la ordenanza. “A mí me afecta porque temo que esta medida pueda adoptarse en otros municipios”. Esto porque, según ella, “todo apunta a que los restaurantes son los que están presionando a los municipios para protegerse ellos y sacar a los ‘food trucks’”.

Sin embargo, José Salvatella, presidente de la Asociación de Restaurantes (Asore), negó que se opongan a los “food trucks”, aunque favorece que se les regule porque “ vivimos en un país de ley y orden”. Sobre el reglamento , dijo, “está dentro de los parámetros que tienen los municipios autónomos”, y agregó que no objeta nada del documento.

Pero Manning y otros comerciantes sí tienen reparos. Esta indicó que el reglamento interviene con espacios en propiedades privadas, como malls y gasolineras; y pese a que el Cuerpo de Bomberos autoriza su operación, el municipio les deniega el permiso.

Mencionó además que el reglamento limita la operación a 12 horas. “La ley de cierre se derogó y los comercios pueden abrir cuando quieran, y en Carolina el municipio prohíbe que un negocio ambulante abra para vender desayunos, almuerzos y cenas”. Criticó también que se discrimine con los comerciantes que no residen allí, pues el permiso cuesta más si el solicitante vive en otro pueblo.

Omar Domínguez, dueño del “food truck” El Churry en el centro comercial Los Colobos y uno de los afectados, lamentó que el reglamento final haya quedado igual al borrador, después de que decenas de comerciantes expresaran sus sugerencias en la vista pública. Cuestionó el que se le requiera a un centro comercial volver a solicitar el permiso de uso, si desea rentar un espacio a un negocio ambulante en el estacionamiento.

“¿Qué centro comercial se va a exponer a solicitar una enmienda al permiso de uso, con lo que eso conlleva, para que una guagua de comida opere en su parking? Eso es oneroso, arriesgado y difícil. De facto, es imposible”, manifestó Domínguez.

Mientras, Ricardo Rivera Badía, presidente de All Around Franchise & Business Consultants y quien representa franquicias en Carolina, dijo que ante la renuencia del municipio en los últimos años de otorgar permisos en áreas públicas, los comerciantes han optado por alquilar espacios en propiedades privadas.

“Aunque es más costoso, viabiliza la operación. Pero ahora, el municipio vuelve al ataque y lo impide. Este reglamento está diseñado para no permitir a los ‘food trucks’ en Carolina”. Agregó que esto afecta a varias franquicias, ya que al cerrar los “food trucks” en ese municipio, las compañías matrices dejarán de recibir las regalías.

Por su parte, Iván Ayuso, gerente de Infraestructura de Carolina, negó que el ayuntamiento esté en contra de los “food trucks”, y señaló que se permiten en las zonas industriales, es decir en las calles interiores y secundarias, cerca de dichos parques industriales.

A preguntas de este diario, de por qué el reglamento es ambiguo sobre los requisitos para obtener un permiso, Ayuso respondió que los permisos de negocios ambulantes son discrecionales. “La ley de Municipios Autónomos no dice que si el negocio cumple con los requisitos, se le tiene que aprobar el permiso. El permiso no es ministerial, eso no existe”.

Sobre la prohibición de estos negocios en gasolineras, sostuvo que el municipio busca evitar que haya accidentes. “No hay problemas si el comerciante lo establece dentro de la tienda de conveniencia, pero fuera no. Es arriesgado”.

Y en cuanto al reparo de que estén en los estacionamientos de centros comerciales, dijo que las guaguas de comida le quitan espacios de estacionamiento al centro comercial. No obstante, ese requisito no aplica si el mall establece un “car wash”, pues según Ayuso, ese tipo de negocio es “un uso accesorio del estacionamiento y no elimina parking”.

El gerente de Infraestructura cuestionó además el que algunos “food trucks” hayan diseñado un sistema de servi-auto en sus instalaciones. “Una cosa es tener un negocio ambulante y otra es pretender tener un restaurante de servicio completo. El ‘food truck’ no puede ser lo mejor de dos mundos; no puedes pagar por una cosa y tener otra”.

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Even before Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico, hunger and food insecurity were much more common among Puerto Ricans than among their fellow U.S. citizens in the 50 states.

Before the hurricanes, 1.5 million Puerto Ricans were food insecure. The child food insecurity rate was 56 percent — nearly triple the average for the rest of the United States.

Hurricane Maria was a Category 4 hurricane that caused extensive destruction. Some reports show that 80 percent of the island’s overhead power lines have been damaged in the storm and it could take months to restore them. As of October 10, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimated that only 15 percent of the island’s electricity had been restored — leaving 85 percent of the island without electricity.

Families have no way of earning money for their basic needs such as food, water, and shelter—let alone the additional re-sources needed to rebuild their homes, farms, and businesses. We believe that most, if not all, families are currently food insecure, regardless of income.

Before the hurricanes, Puerto Ricans were four times as likely to be food insecure as the average American.

FEMA orders 30 million meals for hungry Puerto Ricans, only 50,000 are delivered
 

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Puerto Rico is still suffering from widespread hunger and lack of electricity after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was tasked with providing food to millions of Puerto Ricans who desperately needed food. It was estimated over 30 million meals were needed to adequately feed these people.

To accomplish this monumental task, FEMA awarded the contract to Tiffany Brown, an Atlanta entrepreneur with absolutely no experience in large-scale disaster relief. Looking into her past government contracts, you would find five were cancelled for never delivering on the terms. This particular contract awarded to her by FEMA totaled $156 million, which is utterly baffling, considering she is the sole owner and employee of her company, Tribute Contracting LLC.

Brown set out to find help in filling this immense contract, so she hired a small time wedding caterer out of Atlanta with a small staff of 11 employees. The meals they packaged contained freeze-dried chicken and rice, and a vegetable soup, then shipped the food overseas using a nonprofit in located in Texas.

At the time when a little less than half of the meals were due, FEMA inspectors realized several problems. Only 50,000 of them had been delivered, severely below the required mark. The other problem was the meals were not “self-heating meals” as the pouches used to heat them were shipped separately, with many not even arriving.

Carolyn Ward, the FEMA contracting officer handling the agreement contacted Brown saying, “Do not ship another meal. Your contract is terminated.” FEMA insists that no one missed a meal due to the failed contract with Brown, as they relied on other food suppliers, according to William Booher, a FEMA spokesman. Booher went on to say, “At the time of the contract termination there were ample commodity supplies in the pipeline, and distribution was not affected.”

Brown has disputed the termination of her contract, saying it was unfairly terminated by FEMA on the grounds they did not specify the meals and heaters had to be together. She does not believe they cancelled the contract due to the late delivery. Brown is seeking a settlement of $70 million, as the subcontractor she used has threatened to sue her for breach of contract.

Puerto Rico is still experiencing a severe shortage of food. Hurricane Maria destroyed key ports that were crucial for imports that allowed for a steady stream of food and supplies. In addition, electricity was out for the majority of the island, making it impossible for supermarkets to keep their perishable products fresh.

This is just one of several contracts awarded in the early days of the hurricane aftermath that are testament to whether FEMA was adequately prepared to handle a disaster of this multitude. In November, a contract was awarded to a newly created company in Florida to provide $30 million worth of tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs. The company, Bronze Star LLC, never delivered on those needed supplies, and FEMA eventually cancelled the contract without payment, but the entire ordeal took nearly four weeks. Meanwhile, the people of Puerto Rico remain in dire need of these supplies.

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11:12 AM 3/4/2018 – Crackdowns on drug dealers led to rise in violent crime, study finds

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“Police crackdowns to cut the supply of illegal drugs by removing dealers and criminal overlords actually lead to rises in drug-related violence, gun crime and murder, according to an international study. A review of 20 years of research into drug enforcement has found that attempts to snuff out the trade in illegal substances have the opposite effect to that intended,

by creating a power vacuum when drugs barons are imprisoned which is rapidly filled by competitors eager to fight each other for the newly-vacated territory.” 

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“The [current Pesquera’s] anti-crime plan

is an initiative that adds to the total daily effort made by the Police Bureau to enforce the law and order, as reported. It consists of the

Intensification of preventive surveillance and the specific development of criminal investigation to remove the leaders and components of criminal organizations from circulation. 

The priority areas are those that in some way have a higher incidence of crime and gradually extend the application of the strategies successfully implemented to the other areas to cover the entire Island.” 

Satisfied Pesquera with the work of the Police 

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M.N.: This is exactly, and paradoxically, as described above,  leads to the exacerbation of violence. Speaking generally with regard to the anti-drug operations, the attitude “Let them (the drug dealers) kill each other”, if it exists, might be in fact counterproductive, in addition to being morally, ethically, and legally unacceptable.

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In the 1970s the increase in drug use, particularly among those under the age of 25, became a major concern in Puerto Rican society. A number of drug cartels have used Puerto Rico as a transfer point while trafficking cocaine to the mainland United States.

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Crackdowns on drug dealers led to rise in violent crime, study finds

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Police crackdowns to cut the supply of illegal drugs by removing dealers and criminal overlords actually lead to rises in drug-related violence, gun crime and murder, according to an international study. A review of 20 years of research into drug enforcement has found that attempts to snuff out the trade in illegal substances have the opposite effect to that intended, by creating a power vacuum when drugs barons are imprisoned which is rapidly filled by competitors eager to fight each other for the newly-vacated territory.

Campaigners for the reform of drugs policy said the findings, which follow numerous studies showing that prohibition has failed to stop narcotics from becoming more plentiful, added to the pressure on governments to declare the “war” on the £200bn global illicit drugs industry over, and adopt a policy of controlled legalisation.

The study by the Canada-based International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP) found that heavy-handed tactics, ranging from attempts by the American-sponsored Colombian armed forces to eradicate drug cartels to the arrest of dealers in Sydney, had led to increases in violence. Often, this violence is fuelled by criminals arming themselves to profit from price rises caused by seizures of drugs or the dismantling by police of dealing networks.

The assessment of 15 reports on the relationship between violence and drug enforcement, presented yesterday at an international conference in Liverpool, found that 87 per cent of studies reported that police seizures and arrests led directly to increased violence.

Dan Werb, co-author of the ICSDP document, said: “The convention has been that law-enforcement action to reduce the availability of drugs, thereby increasing drugs prices and decreasing supplies, also has the effect of reducing violence. Not only has prohibition been found to be ineffective with regard to price and supply; this study has also shown that it is accompanied by an increase in drug-related violence.

“Prohibition drives up the value of banned substances astronomically, creating lucrative markets and worldwide networks of organised crime. Unfortunately, the evidence suggests that any disruption of these markets through drug-law enforcement seems to have the perverse effect of creating more financial opportunities for organised crime groups, and gun violence often ensues.”

The study, which highlights the drug-related violence gripping Mexico as an example of the vicious circle fuelled by crackdowns, said

researchers in Florida had recorded a five-fold increase in violence and property crime linked to drug arrests.

Another study of six US cities found that attempts to shut down crack markets led to increased homicide rates in four of them.

A six-year Australian investigation into drug dealing in Sydney found that the arrest of dealers and subsequent disputes between rivals had contributed to murders and a substantial rise in non-fatal shootings with handguns.

Campaigners for a regulated market in drugs said the study bolstered the argument for legalising drugs and introducing a sliding scale of controls, ranging from membership of coffee-shop style premises for the sale of cannabis to licensed pharmacies selling cocaine.

A spokesman for the Transform Drug Policy Foundation said: “We have a government in pathological denial of the negative impact of a prohibition-based drugs culture. Which other global industry worth £200bn is left in the hands of organised criminals rather than being taxed and properly regulated?”

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Agentes del Task Force de los Alguaciles Federales de la Florida y del Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI), arrestaron esta tarde en la ciudad de Orlando a Felipe Narváez Colón, líder de la organización de narcotraficantes conocida como Los Menores. Narváez Colón fue arrestado en el hotel La …
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Agentes del Task Force de los Alguaciles Federales de la Florida y del Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI), arrestaron esta tarde en la ciudad de Orlando a Felipe Narváez Colón, líder de la organización de narcotraficantes conocida como Los Menores.

Narváez Colón fue arrestado en el hotel La Quinta, número 7931, en Orlando Florida.

A este se le ocupó $5,700 en efectivo, una licencia de conducir de Puerto Rico con un nombre ficticio y una tarjeta de Seguro Social falsa.

El arrestado estaba acompañado por una fémina que fue dejada en libertad posteriormente.

Narváez Colón será extraditado próximamente.

La pandilla Los Menores fue desarticulada el pasado 9 de enero. Esta era integrada por un total de 32 personas y operaba en el residencial San Fernando, en Río Piedras, desde 2011.

De acuerdo al pliego acusatorio, la organización distribuía crack, heroína, cocaína, Percocet y Xanax a mil pies de una escuela pública. Trece de los acusados enfrentan cargos por posesión de armas de fuego en relación a un delito de trasiego de narcóticos.

El grupo enfrenta una confiscación de $10 millones.

Los acusados tenían diferentes roles: líderes, dueños de puntos de drogas, gatilleros, corredores, procesadores de drogas, vendedores y facilitadores.

Se alega que los acusados, en ocasiones, forzaban a residentes de los que se sospechaba cooperaban con las autoridades a abandonar sus apartamentos.

Asimismo, sacaban de sus viviendas a personas que no obedecían sus reglas y a residentes que se negaban a pagarles “una renta” a los líderes de la ganga.

El caso está a cargo de la fiscal, Vanessa Bonhomme.

Satisfied Pesquera with the work of the Police
 

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The Secretary of the Department of Public Security (DSP), Hector Pesquera, and the interim commissioner of the Police Bureau, Henry Escalera, reported on Wednesday that during the month of January the anti-crime plan implemented with 209 arrests in the six police areas where the strategies of the plan are active.

In addition, a decrease of almost 20 percent was reported in Type I crimes throughout the Island in this same period.

This year, there have been 26 murders more than last year for the same date. 

I have explained that in the 209 arrests are prominent criminals in criminal organizations, in the transfer of drugs, responsible for murders, robberies and other crimes.

I have explained that among the main leaders of drug trafficking, Edwin Jaffet Hernandez Vázquez, known by Jincho, of the Cuban organization have led to triggerman in the Gardenias residential complex in Bayamón and with federal probation, was arrested. Luis R. Reyes Jimenez, known by Popeye, also part of the organization of Cuba and co-administrator of the Alhambra residential in Bayamón and member of the gang “Los Menores.” Also from the group of “Los Menores”, Juan Gabriel Pérez Rivera was arrested and Héctor E. Martínez García, known by Richy Tamba, who, in addition to the nearly 70 arrests, that the police made along with the federal authorities, to members of the “The Minors” organization.

In San Juan, two of the leaders of Monte Hatillo, Joseph Marte Rodriguez, known by Matta and Lennyn Santiago Hernández, who had three arrest warrants, one federal and two state ones, were arrested. Another of those arrested was Joshua Campos, known as Chuky and Bebo, leader of the Vista Hermosa residential and a fugitive from federal authorities since 2014.

During the month of January there were 25 raids, of which 19 were positive. The Bureau of the Police seized a total of 58 firearms, 3 thousand 621 ammunition of different calibers, 110 magazines of ammunition, 2,012 bags of synthetic marijuana, 51 marijuana cigarettes, 18 marijuana plants, 11.5 pounds of marijuana, 223 flakes of synthetic marijuana, 3 thousand 097 crack capsules, 83 crack bags, 1,259 bags of cocaine, 15 cocaine flakes, 1 kilo of cocaine, 545 grams of cocaine, 601 heroin decks, 106 bags of heroin, 11 ounces of heroin and 1,768 controlled pills. Meanwhile, a total of $ 72,663 was spent in cash.

On the other hand, the total amount of the bonds imposed after finding cause for arrest adds up to a total of $ 26.7 million.

The results of the anti-crime plan presented correspond to the first month of the year 2018 implemented in the police areas of San Juan, Bayamón, Carolina, Caguas, Fajardo and Humacao.

Likewise, as part of the actions to attack crime on the Island, Type I crimes and crimes against property have been maintained with a constant decrease since last year. Until February 15 of this year, there is a significant reduction in Type I crimes with a minus 19.8 percent and at least 16 percent offenses against property compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, for the year 2017, Type I crimes were at least 9.1 percent, while crimes against property were at least 11.4 percent compared to 2016.

“The Bureau of the Police remains focused on the implementation of the strategies that are being implemented in the anti-crime plan to deal with crime. The committed and strategic work is focused on dismantling and removing from circulation the criminals that alter our communities. I am sure that we will continue consistently seeing results like the ones we are presenting today, “said Secretary Pesquera.

“We are satisfied with the work done, although I acknowledge that there is much more to be done.” These results are part of one of the strategies put into action in the anticrime plan, we have a good work pace and that must be highlighted so that citizens know. that we are not going to lower our guard against these criminals who threaten the tranquility of everyone, investigations continue, we will continue to refine our plans to fulfill our mission to protect lives and property, “said the Commissioner.

The anti-crime plan

is an initiative that adds to the total daily effort made by the Police Bureau to enforce the law and order, as reported. It consists of the

Intensification of preventive surveillance and the specific development of criminal investigation to remove the leaders and components of criminal organizations from circulation. 

The priority areas are those that in some way have a higher incidence of crime and gradually extend the application of the strategies successfully implemented to the other areas to cover the entire Island.

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M.N.: This is exactly, and paradoxically, as described above,  leads to the exacerbation of violence.
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Last month, a federal grand jury indicted 104 people they claim are part of a drug cartel operating in Puerto Rico. The defendants – some as young as 14 years old – are accused of murder, drive-by shootings as well as intent to distribute drugs. The arrested belong to the Los Menores gang – or the “new …

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Forensic worker moves a body at a San Juan crime scene in January, Puerto Rico’s deadliest month in recent years  (Associated Press)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Just a half hour from the charming cobblestone streets of Old San Juan loom the boxy World War II-era public housing projects, now home to thousands of residents trapped in a post-Hurricane Maria dystopian nightmare of crime and corruption.

Police appear powerless to stem a spiraling murder rate, donations rarely seem to reach the public and the government’s answer is most often to blame Washington. Families that a year ago enjoyed the trappings of upper middle class huddle indoors with scant food and sporadic power, while armed young men roam the streets enforcing a brutal code borne of social breakdown.

“We are scared, of course, but this is where we live – this is our home now,” said 72-year-old Sebastian Mercado, who moved with his wife Ana to the suburb of Trujillo Alto when their home was destroyed and they were unable to flee the island.

Mercado, a former mathematics tutor, says most of his friends have migrated to the mainland – Florida and New York – to be with family. Now, he spends his days longing for the not-so-distant time when he played dominoes with friends, danced and enjoyed Sunday night dinners of Arroz con gandules – Puerto Rican rice with pigeon peas and pork.

“The boys walk around with big guns. The drugs. Too much violence.”

– Sebastian Mercado, 72

Fear dominates his nights.

“The boys walk around with big guns. The drugs. Too much violence,” he said, shaking his head.

The damage from Maria has led to job losses, foreclosures and an increase in murders, robberies and carjackings. The increasingly vicious nature of attacks adds to the climate of fear.

On Feb. 4, police officers arrested Adriel Carrasquillo-Carmona after he stole a 70-year-old man’s gray 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Carrasquillo-Carmona bashed the septuagenarian in the head and body with a sledgehammer multiple times before reaching inside the man’s bloodied pockets to take his cell phone and $800.

In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 photo, a forensic workers takes notes at the scene where a man was found fatally shot, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As the Island struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria, it is facing one of the biggest spikes in violent crime in nearly a decade amid a widespread power outage, severe unemployment and an increase in police absences. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Forensic worker takes notes at the scene where a man was found shot to death in San Juan  (Associated Press)

News of the brutality terrifies law-abiding residents like the Mercados who are caught in the crosshairs of violent gangs battling it out daily for street supremacy.

Over the weekend, another five people were gunned down and another injured outside a bar in Comerio, 20 miles southwest of San Juan. The men killed were between 20 and 34 years old. A 17-year-old boy was wounded in the shootout.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been nearly 130 killings reported in the U.S. territory. A majority are thought to be drug-related.

“The fights that they have – the drug turf wars – they want to control drug points and turn complete areas (housing projects) into something very violent,” Rosa Emilla Rodriguez-Velez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, told Fox News.  “In one specific area, you have 10 to 15 drug points. That’s one owner – and gangs compete for that. They end up killing each other.”

Fernando Soler, vice president of a police officers’ advocacy group, told The Associated Press, drug dealers are “taking advantage of all the situations occurring in Puerto Rico.”

“There’s no power and they believe there’s a lack of police officers…,” he said. “Criminals are taking care of business before the hurricane.”

Last month, a federal grand jury indicted 104 people they claim are part of a drug cartel operating in Puerto Rico. The defendants – some as young as 14 years old – are accused of murder, drive-by shootings as well as intent to distribute drugs.

The arrested belong to the Los Menores gang – or the “new blood.”

“We are calling them ‘the minors’ because they are the ones who took over from some really big guys we arrested and convicted from the mid-to-late 2000s,” Rodriguez-Velez said.

US Attorney for Puerto Rico Rosa Emilla Rodriguez-Velez says the storm-driven chaos has made crime worse

At the time, the Department of Justice didn’t target minors for drug violations so those caught were either given a warning or at most a slap on the wrist.

“Ten years later, these were the kids that we left out there,” Jacqueline Novas-Debien, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, told Fox News. “They grew up and took over.”

The vicious new breed of thugs started expanding their turf out of Puerto Rico’s housing projects by any means necessary.

Members allegedly plotted to smuggle and sell cocaine, heroin, crack and marijuana near Bayamon, a municipality located on the northern coastal valley. Los Menores routinely used force, violence and intimidation to gain control of most of the public housing projects in the area after federal authorities locked up leaders from nearby gangs.

The top dogs would instruct lower-level thugs to shoot and kill suspected rivals – the bloodier, the better.

The group would also pay crooked cops to look the other way or bribe them for information on informants or other law enforcement plans to infiltrate the gang.

Of the 104 criminals indicted, 22 were leaders or drug point owners; 9 were enforcers; 13 suppliers, 13 runners, 42 sellers and five drug processors.

While the Los Menores bust is no doubt impressive, authorities on the ground tell Fox News their resources are strained as new drug leaders eager to take advantage of the post-Maria conditions set up shop.

It’s gotten so bad that Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson have asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to get involved, and the Department of Justice has promised to help.

“(Attorney Genera Sessions) understands that for Puerto Rico to rebuild, people have to have safety and peace of mind,” DOJ spokesman Ian Prior told Fox News. “He recognizes that, to accomplish that, federal law enforcement has a special role to play. The people of Puerto Rico can be sure that Attorney General Sessions and the Department of Justice are working to help secure their communities so that they can recover and rebuild.”

That’s good news to Mercado.

“If it happens, we’ll be happy,” he said, gesturing to Ana. “Let’s see how long it will take.”

Relatives comfort each other as the body of a family member is removed at an early morning crime scene, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. While the number of homicides did not immediately spike in the weeks after Hurricane Maria struck on Sept. 20, police and independent experts say many killings appear at least partly related to its aftereffects. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Relatives comfort each other as the body of a family member is removed at an early morning crime scene in San Juan  (Associated Press)

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The proliferation of economic crime, among whose main manifestations is fraud and public corruption, requires a type of researcher with the adequate preparation to face this type of delinquent, for which the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico is close to initiate courses leading to master’s degree is this specialty.

In Puerto Rico there is no formal education related to this type of crime, which is different from conventional crime, said Dr. Melvin Rosario, professor at the Criminal Justice School of the Metro Campus of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.

“There are no certifications tempered to this type of criminal who have the rigor of a good minimum preparation,” he said.

Their expressions took place within the framework of the First International Fraud Detection Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Strategy, organized by the educational entity with the participation of international guests.

“We have realized that for us to train an individual who has the right skills to investigate economic crimes can not be just giving him criminal investigation techniques, he has to know about psychology, he has to know sophisticated interview techniques, he has to know about The Deception Detection. So this is an interdisciplinary work, universities have to consider how to improve that preparation, “said the educator.

He reported that the university proposed and is already advanced the approval process, a new master’s degree in Economic Crime Research, in addition to partnerships with institutions such as the National Institute for Fraud Research in Colombia, which was represented at the symposium.

He said that the master’s degree has already been approved by the Academic Senate of the University and will soon be presented to the Higher Education Council. “I am sure that at the beginning of next year we will have it available,” he said.

He put the initiative in perspective by stating that “this is the first economic problem that Puerto Rico has. It is not that we do not have help, it is not that we do not have an economy, it is that what we have, whatever it is, is stolen from us “.

He stressed that one of the most frequent forms of fraud, the main problem that Puerto Rico has, is corruption. “Not only is it the first problem in Puerto Rico, it is the first problem in Latin America and the Caribbean and within the first two problems of the world. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and there are public statistics, has told us that the first problem that the West and the eastern part of Europe have is corruption. That’s enough statistics for us to give importance to that. ”

“We are not talking about conventional crime. We are talking about criminals who are inserted in the economic process of the country. Statistically the economic cost of this crime is much higher, “he said.

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The promise of the US Army Corps of Engineers (Use, for its acronym in English) to restore the electrical system in 45 days was verbal and was not reflected in the document in which the government assigned to this US unit the task of repair.

The Secretary of Public Security, Hector Pesquera, who was at the meeting in which the document was signed, indicated that the estimate of the duration of the repairs came from the same Lieutenant General of the Usace, Todd Semonite. At that time, there was talk that the works would be financed with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, for its acronym in English) and would entail an investment of $ 87 million.

“If you put it in perspective, with the government broken, 10 days after the hurricane (September 30) and with the help of the people who built the Panama Canal (in reference to Usace), there were no doubts, at that time, That’s something possible, “Pesquera said in an interview with El Nuevo Día.

“They said they had flown over the system and they knew the magnitude of the damage,” the secretary added, showing a photo of the document that Semonite gave the governor to sign completing the formal part of the mission’s start.

It was a form that, among other things, mentions in general terms, the mission of restoring the electrical system, priority was assigned to the work and the period of emergency was specified, which would end at the end of this month, when the six were completed months of the passage of the cyclone.

Neither the form signed by Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares nor the one that was subsequently endorsed by another local government official to correct some formalities of the process that reparations would be made in 45 days.

“The 45 days were verbal,” said Pesquera.

Fourteen days after that meeting, Rosselló Nevares publicly promised at a press conference that the electric system would be restored by 95% by mid-December 2017. The Usace, however, indicated after the governor’s announcement that this goal was not possible due to the magnitude of the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

Colonel Jason A. Kirk, of the Usace, has denied that it has been estimated that the repairs would last 45 days. He stressed that since October of last year, Usace has estimated that the total energization would delay until May or June of this year.

The alleged promise to repair the country’s electricity system in 45 days is the latest chapter in the distribution of blame for delays in the repair of electricity transmission and distribution lines.

Currently, around 168,000 customers of the AEE remain without electric service, some since the breakdowns associated with the passage of Hurricane Irma, which preceded Cyclone Mary for about two weeks.

As of October, Rosselló Nevares and several of his administration officials began to blame Usace for the delays in the repair of the electrical system. By then, the complaint was because the brigades they had hired were not submerged in the repair of the system and there were not enough materials.

“We are very grateful for the help. Out of the representation that was made to us (of the 45 days), we are very grateful … It was not that someone from here or from Jacksonville told us that it would be at that time, but that it was who was in charge. If they had told us that (the delay) was because they were facing problems, well we understand that but that was not what happened, “said the secretary of Public Security.

The Whitefish effect

At that time, the administration of Rosselló Nevares was dealing with the controversy associated with the contracting of the company Whitefish Energy, of the state of Montana, for the repair of the energy system. That company, at the time the cyclone passed through Puerto Rico, had barely two employees.

The AEE, then led by engineer Ricardo Ramos, chose to give Whitefish Energy a contract, instead of activating the mutual cooperation agreement that members of the Public Utilities Association of the United States have. (APPA, for its acronym in English), entity to which the EEA belongs.

The controversy associated with the hiring of Whitefish Energy caused a series of pressures from the US capital that were translated on the island in bureaucratic complications in the recovery process.

He indicated, for example, that before the controversy, FEMA proceeded to make disbursements and that the state government later justified the use of the money. In contrast, now the money is disbursed by FEMA after the central government justifies and the bills go through an almost audit process.

This has affected the government’s cash flow and has limited the agility with which the work is carried out.

In fact, I have indicated that the extra hour due to the emergency that the police worked during the month of October have not been reimbursed by FEMA and that to meet the officers the money from the central government has been used, which is scarce.

“Here the rules of the game changed eleven the issue of Whitefish came up.” That’s where political pressures began and everything changed Now everything is slower, “Pesquera said.

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10:04 AM 3/3/2018 – The Blame Game: Pesquera “insists that it [US Army Corps of Engineers] promised to restore the electric system in 45 days” but it was not “documented”. Take a log out of your own eye, Mr. Pesquera: You promised to reduce and control crime for the last several years, and the crime situation is worse than ever. And it was very well “documented”.

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Lo de los 45 días fue verbal, aseguró Pesquera. Catorce días después de esa reunión, Rosselló Nevares prometió públicamente en una conferencia de prensa que el sistema eléctrico sería restablecido en un 95% para mediados de diciembre de 2017. El 

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The Blame Game

Pesquera “insists that it [US Army Corps of Engineers] promised to restore the electric system in 45 days” but it was not “documented”. 

M.N.: My Response: About 90% of electricity is restored by them, as promised, documented or not, and they continue working on it. Take a log out of your own eye, Mr. Pesquera: You promised to reduce and control crime for the last several years, in your various positions, in three latest governorships, and the crime situation is worse than ever. And it was very well “documented”. 

Michael Novakhov 

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The promise of the US Army Corps of Engineers (Use, for its acronym in English) to restore the electrical system in 45 days was verbal and was not reflected in the document in which the government assigned to this US unit the task of repair.

The Secretary of Public Security, Hector Pesquera, who was at the meeting in which the document was signed, indicated that the estimate of the duration of the repairs came from the same Lieutenant General of the Usace, Todd Semonite. At that time, there was talk that the works would be financed with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, for its acronym in English) and would entail an investment of $ 87 million.

“If you put it in perspective, with the government broken, 10 days after the hurricane (September 30) and with the help of the people who built the Panama Canal (in reference to Usace), there were no doubts, at that time, That’s something possible, “Pesquera said in an interview with El Nuevo Día.

“They said they had flown over the system and they knew the magnitude of the damage,” the secretary added, showing a photo of the document that Semonite gave the governor to sign completing the formal part of the mission’s start.

It was a form that, among other things, mentions in general terms, the mission of restoring the electrical system, priority was assigned to the work and the period of emergency was specified, which would end at the end of this month, when the six were completed months of the passage of the cyclone.

Neither the form signed by Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares nor the one that was subsequently endorsed by another local government official to correct some formalities of the process that reparations would be made in 45 days.

“The 45 days were verbal,” said Pesquera.

Fourteen days after that meeting, Rosselló Nevares publicly promised at a press conference that the electric system would be restored by 95% by mid-December 2017. The Usace, however, indicated after the governor’s announcement that this goal was not possible due to the magnitude of the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

Colonel Jason A. Kirk, of the Usace, has denied that it has been estimated that the repairs would last 45 days. He stressed that since October of last year, Usace has estimated that the total energization would delay until May or June of this year.

The alleged promise to repair the country’s electricity system in 45 days is the latest chapter in the distribution of blame for delays in the repair of electricity transmission and distribution lines.

Currently, around 168,000 customers of the AEE remain without electric service, some since the breakdowns associated with the passage of Hurricane Irma, which preceded Cyclone Mary for about two weeks.

As of October, Rosselló Nevares and several of his administration officials began to blame Usace for the delays in the repair of the electrical system. By then, the complaint was because the brigades they had hired were not submerged in the repair of the system and there were not enough materials.

“We are very grateful for the help. Out of the representation that was made to us (of the 45 days), we are very grateful … It was not that someone from here or from Jacksonville told us that it would be at that time, but that it was who was in charge. If they had told us that (the delay) was because they were facing problems, well we understand that but that was not what happened, “said the secretary of Public Security.

The Whitefish effect

At that time, the administration of Rosselló Nevares was dealing with the controversy associated with the contracting of the company Whitefish Energy, of the state of Montana, for the repair of the energy system. That company, at the time the cyclone passed through Puerto Rico, had barely two employees.

The AEE, then led by engineer Ricardo Ramos, chose to give Whitefish Energy a contract, instead of activating the mutual cooperation agreement that members of the Public Utilities Association of the United States have. (APPA, for its acronym in English), entity to which the EEA belongs.

The controversy associated with the hiring of Whitefish Energy caused a series of pressures from the US capital that were translated on the island in bureaucratic complications in the recovery process.

He indicated, for example, that before the controversy, FEMA proceeded to make disbursements and that the state government later justified the use of the money. In contrast, now the money is disbursed by FEMA after the central government justifies and the bills go through an almost audit process.

This has affected the government’s cash flow and has limited the agility with which the work is carried out.

In fact, I have indicated that the extra hour due to the emergency that the police worked during the month of October have not been reimbursed by FEMA and that to meet the officers the money from the central government has been used, which is scarce.

“Here the rules of the game changed eleven the issue of Whitefish came up.” That’s where political pressures began and everything changed Now everything is slower, “Pesquera said.

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6:28 AM 3/3/2018 – Blackout hits P.R. after two power plants shut down – AP

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M.N.: Very important and the straightforward question: Does sabotage play any role in the recent blackouts? Did the FBI and Police Department look into this possibility? Was this properly investigated? Were any measures taken to prevent the possible acts of sabotage? 

I think we need very direct and straightforward answers to these difficult questions, at least the preliminary ones. FBI and PR Police, the ball is in your court, these questions will not disappear until some answers are given. 

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a group of people standing on a sidewalk© Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/The New York TimesSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A blackout hit Puerto Rico’s capital and surrounding areas Thursday after two of the U.S. territory’s main power plants shut down, a failure that came amid warnings from officials that the power company is struggling to remain operational.

The capital of San Juan was left without power along with the neighboring municipalities of Caguas, Bayamon and Carolina, company spokeswoman Yohari Molina told The Associated Press. More than 970,000 people live in the areas hit by the blackout, though Molina said it wasn’t clear how many were affected.

Officials for the Electric Power Authority announced in the afternoon that power had been restored to the island’s main international airport and several hospitals. Several hours later, they said a break found in a main transmission line just miles from a power plant in the island’s south had been repaired and electricity was slowly being restored.

The utility said the Palo Seco and San Juan plants shut down to protect the electrical system. A backup power line in the area of the failure has not been repaired since Hurricane Maria hit the island Sept. 20.

While officials said the outage was limited to four municipalities, people on social media reported outages in other areas as well. The blackout snarled traffic and knocked out water service to dozens of neighborhoods, including the historic part of Puerto Rico’s capital known as Old San Juan.

The outage came nearly three weeks after a fire at a substation knocked two power plants out of service and left some people without power for two days. An investigation into that incident is still underway.

Juan Manuel Fernandez, a customer service representative who lives in Caguas, was affected by Thursday’s blackout as well as the Feb. 11 outage, which occurred just days after crews restored power in his neighborhood more than five months after Hurricane Maria.

“You just resign yourself,” he said of the newest outage. “It’s become normal.”

Overall, more than 15 percent of power customers remain in the dark nearly six months after the hurricane, which destroyed two-thirds of the island’s power distribution system. Officials have said they expect power to be fully restored by May.

Meanwhile, a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances recently obtained a $300 million loan for the power company, warning that would only serve to keep it operational through late March. Board members said they expect to request more loans in upcoming weeks.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced in January that he plans to privatize the power company in 18 months. The company is $9 billion in debt and operating with infrastructure that is nearly three times older than the industry average.

“This is another opportunity to reflect (on privatization),” he said shortly after the blackout. “We cannot rebuild the same system.”

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Blackout hits P.R. after two power plants shut down

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A blackout hit Puerto Rico’s capital and surrounding areas Thursday after two of the U.S. territory’s main power plants shut down, a failure that came amid warnings from officials that the power company is struggling to remain operational.

The capital of San Juan was left without power along with the neighboring municipalities of Caguas, Bayamon and Carolina, company spokeswoman Yohari Molina told The Associated Press. More than 970,000 people live in the areas hit by the blackout, though Molina said it wasn’t clear how many were affected.

Officials for the Electric Power Authority announced in the afternoon that power had been restored to the island’s main international airport and several hospitals. Several hours later, they said a break found in a main transmission line just miles from a power plant in the island’s south had been repaired and electricity was slowly being restored.

The utility said the Palo Seco and San Juan plants shut down to protect the electrical system. A backup power line in the area of the failure has not been repaired since Hurricane Maria hit the island Sept. 20.

While officials said the outage was limited to four municipalities, people on social media reported outages in other areas as well. The blackout snarled traffic and knocked out water service to dozens of neighborhoods, including the historic part of Puerto Rico’s capital known as Old San Juan.

The outage came nearly three weeks after a fire at a substation knocked two power plants out of service and left some people without power for two days. An investigation into that incident is still underway.

Juan Manuel Fernandez, a customer service representative who lives in Caguas, was affected by Thursday’s blackout as well as the Feb. 11 outage, which occurred just days after crews restored power in his neighborhood more than five months after Hurricane Maria.

“You just resign yourself,” he said of the newest outage. “It’s become normal.”

Overall, more than 15 percent of power customers remain in the dark nearly six months after the hurricane, which destroyed two-thirds of the island’s power distribution system. Officials have said they expect power to be fully restored by May.

Meanwhile, a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances recently obtained a $300 million loan for the power company, warning that would only serve to keep it operational through late March. Board members said they expect to request more loans in upcoming weeks.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced in January that he plans to privatize the power company in 18 months. The company is $9 billion in debt and operating with infrastructure that is nearly three times older than the industry average.

“This is another opportunity to reflect [on privatization],” he said shortly after the blackout. “We cannot rebuild the same system.”

Treasury cuts disaster relief loan to Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor said Tuesday that the U.S. Treasury Department has cut a $4.7 billion disaster relief loan available to the U.S. territory by more than half, and he demanded help from Congress.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said federal officials reduced the amount to $2 billion without providing an explanation nearly five months after Congress approved the loan. He warned the move puts Puerto Rico in a “dangerous financial dilemma” and that his administration could be forced to cut some essential services as the island continues to struggle after Hurricane Maria.

“Any material interruption to Puerto Rico’s public services will only exacerbate outmigration of its population to the mainland and further deepen and prolong Puerto Rico’s decade-old fiscal and economic crisis,” he said.

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans fled to the U.S. mainland after the Category 4 storm, which hit as the island was struggling to restructure a portion of its $73 billion public debt load amid an 11-year recession.

Rossello said it seems the Treasury imposed certain loan restrictions to make it “extremely difficult for Puerto Rico to access these funds when it needs federal assistance the most.” He also said Treasury officials told his administration last week that they do not intend to forgive the loan.

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9:47 AM 3/1/2018 – The deft dexterity seems to be the key to interpreting the crime statistics by Mr. Pesquera.

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Héctor Pesquera

The deft dexterity seems to be the key to interpreting the crime statistics by Mr. Pesquera. I have a feeling that someone wants to give me a thorough brainwash. Thank you, no, thank you. 

Statistics or no statistics (they always lie, as some people insist), I want to know the true status with crime situation in Puerto Rico, reflected in both the numbers and the less tangible, soft data, which can be measured also.

I cannot hide my admiration for the measurement system that Federal Reserve used in assessing the degree of economic recovery in Puerto Rico: by the intensity, or brightness of electric lighting on the Island as seen from the airplane flight observation point: this “system” is simple, convincing, easy to measure, sensitive to changes, etc., etc. I think we need something like this in criminology and public safety fields, for the approximate, ballpark figure, but accurate assessments. 

The specific (for the times and the location) indicators have to be developed if the need be. The correct assessment, based on the correctly collected sets of data is the key to the potentially beneficial interventions. 

My intuitive hunch is that this situation is not good, and there are some forces that are not interested in finding the true facts on one hand but are interested in maintaining the status quo, on another. The whole situational set requires a careful and thoughtful approach and understanding, but I doubt that DOJ will allow the lawlessness in Puerto Rico to continue. It will be an end to it, whatever it takes. I think that the FBI San Juan branch should look at this situation from somewhat broader perspectives, within the context of the “big picture”. 

Michael Novakhov

3.1.18 

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El secretario de Seguridad Pública, Héctor M. Pesquera, aseguró ayer que la incidencia de delitos Tipo I experimenta una baja, la cual descansa casi en su totalidad en el renglón de las apropiaciones ilegales, con unas 1,070 menos que en igual periodo del año anterior.

En una conferencia de prensa que empezó con más de una hora de retraso, Pesquera presentó la supuesta baja en los delitos acompañada de los resultados del “plan anticrimen”, en cuyos primeros 31 días se efectuaron 209 arrestos.

El funcionario se refirió a los descritos como los más importantes de esos arrestos, entre estos el de los integrantes de una organización de delincuentes de Juncos, responsables de cerca de 10 asesinatos y de unos 40 “carjackings” en enero.

“La clasificación del delito Tipo I no es de la Policía, es una disminución global de la criminalidad”, respondió Pesquera ante la insistencia de EL VOCERO.

“Las estadísticas son estadísticas y las categorías son categorías”, agregó al ser cuestionado sobre estadísticas que sumaban 135 asesinatos desde que comenzó el año, un aumento de 27 casos en comparación con el mismo periodo de 2017.

Los renglones de violaciones, escalamientos y hurto de vehículos también han ido en aumento, descansando la baja mayormente en las apropiaciones ilegales, los robos y las agresiones agravadas.

“No sé cuántos celulares han robado, pero garantizamos que las estadísticas de la Policía son las que son y vamos a trabajar respecto a eso”, contestó el comisionado interino Henry Escalera a las preguntas sobre la baja en las apropiaciones ilegales. Advirtió que el no informar correctamente tendría consecuencias.

No ha fallado el “plan anticrimen”

Escalera sostuvo que el “plan anticrimen” no estaba fallando y que los asesinatos ocurridos en enero fueron por acecho.

Según Escalera, entre los 209 arrestados hay individuos por casos de asesinato. Según la Policía, 14 de las muertes violentas ocurridas en enero fueron esclarecidas, para un 34%. Este mes la cifra es menor.

Varios líderes de gangas fueron arrestados y se ocuparon 58 armas de fuego, de las cuales 41 son rifles y seis revólveres. Se ocupó marihuana, cocaína y heroína que Escalera no cuantificó.

Este también reclamó un alto esclarecimiento en los robos, que entre enero y febrero ha resultado en una disminución de un 25%.

En torno a la masacre ocurrida en Comerío el sábado, Escalera negó que el director de la División de Homicidios de Aibonito hubiese sido removido de su cargo por las discrepancias con agentes del “strike force” que intervinieron en Naranjito con un individuo considerado “persona de interés” en el caso.

“No ha sido removido, estamos concentrados en esclarecer el caso; si hay alguna determinación de negligencia o mal proceder, se hará cuando termine la pesquisa”, dijo.

Counterterrorism expert to lead FBIs office in Minneapolis Twin Cities
 

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The FBI has named a counterterrorism expert to lead its Minneapolis field office.

Jill Sanborn, a 20-year veteran of the bureau, will begin her duties in April. She replaces Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton, who retired Wednesday.

The FBI says Sanborn most recently served as the chief of an international operations section, overseeing its counterterrorism investigations.

She began working as a special agent in Phoenix in 1998.

The Minneapolis field office covers Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The office been frequently called upon to investigate cases involving young Minnesotans who have been recruited to join overseas terrorist organizations, typically in the Middle East and East Africa.

Former FBI official running for Congress as ‘cannabis candidate’
 

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Benjamin Thomas Wolf is one of three challengers to incumbent Rep. Mike Quigley in the Democratic primary for Illinois’ 5th Congressional District, which includes parts of Chicago.

The campaign ad, shot in Wolf’s apartment, was a way to let voters who are in favor of marijuana legalization know that “there are people that hear them and agree with them and will stand up for what they think is important,” Wolf said.

“It was my idea. I knew that we needed to do something with cannabis — to take a little bit of a risk, but at the same time connect with the voters,” he told CNN in a phone interview Wednesday.

Wolf said he believes that legalizing marijuana in Illinois would reform the criminal justice system and bring in billions in tax revenue.

close dialog

“As a former federal agent and law enforcement officer, I think legalizing cannabis would really free up the criminal justice system in terms of incarceration space, in terms of time and energy of first responders, and it would allow law enforcement officers to focus on what’s really important,” Wolf said.

Cannabis is not something Wolf uses every day, he said — just a few times a week in the evenings to unwind and sometimes to tap into creativity when he’s working on his campaign.

Long before trying cannabis for the first time (accidentally eating pot brownies that were included in a care package sent to him from a friend in California), Wolf worked as a national security investigator with the FBI, including following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“The government trained me to be strong, and suspicious, and just stern. … I’m thankful I have cannabis in my life. I think it has allowed me to be a gentler person, maybe a better father, a better partner,” said Wolf, who is dad to twin boys and a newborn son. “I’m much more empathic. … I’m an evolved person because of it.”

He worked under Robert Mueller, who was FBI director during 9/11, and said Wednesday that Mueller was the “perfect man” for the job of special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Wolf spent about five years with the FBI before transferring to the State Department in 2003 and working as a US diplomat and special agent overseas in Iraq and Africa,

according to a bio

 on his campaign site.

Trained to use an AR-15 and carry the weapon in conflict zones, Wolf also weighed in on the debate over whether they should be banned: “These are true instruments of death. And I think that there’s no place for them in modern American society,” he said.

While his campaign website states that the Second Amendment must be respected, Wolf holds an AR-15 in one of his campaign ads, explaining the weapon’s functions and why he thinks it should be banned “immediately.”

As a former FBI employee, Wolf called

the bureau’s admitted failure 

to follow up on a tip about the confessed shooter in the Parkland, Florida, school massacre “tragic.”

“The people (at the FBI) are just such professionals and so thorough in their investigations, but you simply can’t stop every threat and every attack. I think it’s really unfortunate,” Wolf said.

Wolf left the State Department about five years ago and transplanted to Chicago to finish his doctorate in psychology. Since then, he’s become a professor, opened a restaurant and started a housing nonprofit. He decided to run for Congress after being “constantly disappointed” with Illinois’ elected officials and hoping this election brings a “next generation of Democratic leadership” in Washington.

“Folks like Nancy Pelosi are the age of my grandmother. … I would not want my grandmother or my grandfather speaking for everyone at this point and leading the country. It’s their time to retire and go spend time with their grandchildren,” said Wolf, who’s 42.

Wolf faces off against Quigley, who won re-election in 2016 with over 67% of the vote, former Yale undergraduate director Steve Schwartzberg and Sameena Mustafa.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An FBI agent has testified that he thinks a California man may have sexually assaulted 100 or more female inmates while transporting them between lockups around the country over the past 15 years.

Eric Scott Kindley faces federal charges in Arkansas alleging that he sexually assaulted a woman along a deserted road in January 2017 while transporting her from a jail in Alabama to Arizona, where there was a warrant for her arrest. Kindley faced similar charges in Arizona involving other female inmates he transported, but a judge dismissed those charges last week at the request of prosecutors, leaving just the Arkansas case.

During a hearing Tuesday, Special Agent Kyle Roberts testified that he has found evidence of attacks on at least 13 other women who were transported alone in Kindley’s Dodge Grand Caravan. He said he believes “there could be 100, maybe more” victims spanning Kindley’s 15 years transporting inmates across the country, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Kindley has pleaded not guilty to charges of deprivation of rights and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. His federal public defender, Christophe Tarver, didn’t immediately reply to a phone message left after working hours by The Associated Press.

Kindley was initially arrested in Stockton, California, last June, a day after he signed up as an Uber driver. Roberts testified that agents were monitoring his smartphone, which showed he had conducted searches about Uber drivers having sex with passengers.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Roberts testified that Kindley pulled over along a dark road outside Russellville, Arkansas, to let the 27-year-old inmate he was transporting urinate outside. He said that after unshackling one of her hands, Kindley threw the woman against the van and reached down her underwear, scratching hard enough to tear the fabric. Kindley demanded that the woman perform a sex act on him but her screams alerted nearby animals that started to howl. Spooked, Kindley ordered her back into the van, showed her his gun and told her, “It only takes one bullet to the head,” according to Roberts.

He said Kindley later made an overnight stop at a jail in Oklahoma, but that the woman didn’t report him to jailers because Kindley had warned her he was a U.S. Marshal with law enforcement relationships.

After arriving at the Arizona jail, the woman was housed with another woman who had been transported by Kindley from California several days earlier. The other inmate said Kindley had raped her in a remote desert area but that she didn’t report it out of fear. The FBI was later alerted of the attack after another female inmate informed a jail employee.

U.S. Department of Justice documents show two of Kindley’s former employees, Albert Long and William Cassidy, have been separately convicted of federal crimes related to sexually assaulting female inmates while working for his prison-transport business.

Roberts said both men described in interviews with the FBI that “it was understood among the transport officers that they could do as they wanted to the females during transport, so long as the authorities do not find out.”

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But the president’s options are constrained, advisers said, because he recognizes that he would have a difficult time winning Senate confirmation for a replacement. Mr. Sessions served there for 20 years, and his former colleagues have bristled at Mr. Trump’s attacks. Any dismissal of Mr. Sessions would be taken by Democrats and even some Republicans as an effort to seize control of the Russia investigation and could trigger a bipartisan backlash.

The exchange on Wednesday began when the president lashed out at Mr. Sessions for seeming to suggest that the Justice Department’s inspector general would look into Republican charges of misconduct in the opening stage of the Russia investigation rather than opening his own examination.

“Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!”

Republicans have accused Justice Department and F.B.I. officials of abusing their powers while President Barack Obama was still in office by using information from a dossier prepared by a former British spy paid by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign to justify surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page. Officials did not fully inform the court that issues warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, of the origin of the information, Republicans complained. Democrats have called that a distortion and distraction.

The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, was appointed by Mr. Obama in 2012, but previously worked for the Justice Department under Republican and Democratic presidents. He has already been investigating how James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director until Mr. Trump fired him last spring, handled the inquiry into Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Mr. Sessions seemed to take umbrage at the president’s latest message. “We have initiated the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary,” he said in his statement.

“As long as I am the attorney general,” he added, “I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution.”

Mr. Sessions’s response, polite but pointed, was all the more striking because he had largely kept quiet after previous attacks by the president. Mr. Trump has never forgiven Mr. Sessions for recusing himselffrom the Russia investigation, a decision that helped lead to the appointment of Mr. Mueller. Mr. Trump has publicly called Mr. Sessions “weak” and said he would not have appointed him had he known Mr. Sessions would step aside.

His latest eruption was prompted by Mr. Sessions’s comment on Tuesday that if a FISA surveillance warrant was wrongfully obtained, the matter would be “investigated” by the department’s inspector general. His comment was interpreted as confirmation that the inspector general had opened a second official inquiry on top of the Comey review.

But Mr. Sessions only meant to reiterate what he said after a memo drafted by House Republicans was released alleging abuse of the FISA process. At the time, Mr. Sessions said he would “forward to appropriate D.O.J. components all information I receive from Congress regarding this.”

The nuance was lost on Mr. Trump, who among other things did not seem to understand that an attorney general cannot order an inspector general to investigate anything, only refer information.

“The president’s tweet reveals that he really doesn’t understand how the government works and how the Justice Department works,” said Michael Bromwich, a former department inspector general.

He added that the inspector general’s office has a reputation for professionalism. “It’s incredibly demoralizing to have the chief executive of the government not only not understand and appreciate what you do, but attack what you do on a constant basis,” Mr. Bromwich said.

Inspectors general at cabinet agencies are kept separate to preserve their independence. Paul Light, a New York University professor and specialist on the offices, recalled that President Ronald Reagan fired all of the inspectors general but was forced by Congress to rehire some of them. “They have protections in statutes against arbitrary dismissal,” he said.

After Mr. Trump’s tweet, Mr. Horowitz, the inspector general, received support from Republicans, including Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that confirmed him.

“I have complete confidence in him and hope he is given the time, the resources and the independence to complete his work,” said Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

Several Republicans expressed dismay at the president’s continued campaign against Mr. Sessions. “It’s kind of mind-boggling that he would call out his own attorney general,” former Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah said on Fox News.

Representative Peter T. King of New York, also on Fox, expressed sympathy with Mr. Trump’s desire for a second investigation run by Mr. Sessions, but added that the president should not berate him. “Jeff Sessions is loyal to the president and he’s one of the first to support him, and he’s often in very difficult positions and I think he’s trying to reconcile as best as he can,” he said.

Michael W. McConnell, a former appellate judge now at Stanford Law School, said a president has every right to direct his attorney general.

“What raises eyebrows is the form and tone of the tweet, which appears to be a commentary on the attorney general’s decisions rather than an exercise of presidential supervisory authority,” he said. “Mr. Trump is the president. If he wants something done differently, he should order that it be done differently, with serious reflection, through proper channels and in the proper form.”

Jamil Jaffer, a law professor at George Mason University and former associate White House counsel under President George W. Bush, said social media was not the best way to direct action by an attorney general. “The president has a lot of tools that are a lot more effective than putting the A.G. on blast on Twitter,” he said.

But Mr. Trump got support from other quarters. Representative Lee Zeldin of New York and a dozen other Republicans sent a letter to Mr. Sessions on Wednesday urging him to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling of Mrs. Clinton’s case and the FISA warrant targeting Mr. Page.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, suggested that Mr. Sessions had never really supported Mr. Trump in the first place.

“@USAGSessions must be part of the Bush/Romney/McCain Republican Establishment,” he wrote on Twitter. “He probably supported @realDonaldTrump early in campaign to hide who he really is. Or he could just be a coward.”

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Active Anti-crime Plan with 209 arrests of criminal leaders
 

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P-2The secretary of the Department of Public Security (DSP), Hector M. Pesquera, and the interim commissioner of the Police Bureau, Henry Escalera, reported that during the month of January the anti-crime plan implemented with 209 arrests in the six police areas where the strategies of the plan are active. In addition, a decrease of almost 20% was reported in Type I crimes throughout the Island in this same period.

In the 209 arrests are prominent criminals in criminal organizations, in the transfer of drugs, responsible for murders, robberies and other crimes.

For the Secretary of the Department of Public Security Hector Pesquera and the interim commissioner of the Police Bureau, Henry Escalerano, there are flaws in the anti-crime plan for understanding that the term to fail is semantics.

“It is not that there are failures, but there are a number of factors that affect that no charges are filed and there are factors that affect the killings by stalking,” said the official.

The results of the anti-crime plan presented correspond to the first month of the year 2018 implemented in the police areas of San Juan, Bayamón, Carolina, Caguas, Fajardo and Humacao.

Igualmente, como parte de las acciones afirmativas para atacar la criminalidad en la Isla los delitos tipo I y los delitos contra la propiedad se han mantenido con una disminución constante desde el año pasado. Hasta el 15 de febrero de este año se mantiene una reducción importante en los delitos tipo I con un menos -19.8% y en menos -16% los delitos contra la propiedad comparado con el mismo periodo del año pasado.
Mientras, que para el año 2017 los delitos tipo I estuvieron en menos -9.1%, mientras los delitos contra la propiedad estuvieron en menos -11.4% comparado al año 2016.

“El Negociado de la Policía se mantiene enfocado en la puesta en función de las estrategias que se están implementando del plan anticrimen para darle frente a la criminalidad. El trabajo comprometido y estratégico está centrado en desarticular y en sacar de circulación a los criminales que alteran a nuestras comunidades. Estoy seguro que continuaremos consistentemente viendo resultados como los que estamos presentando hoy”, manifestó el secretario Pesquera.

“We are Satisfied with the work done, Although I Recognize That there is much more to be done. These results are part of one of the strategies put into action in the anti-crime plan. We have a good pace of work and That must Be informed that we know that we are not going to lower our guard against these criminals who threaten the tranquility of everyone. The investigations continue, we will continue fine-tuning the plans to fulfill our mission to protect lives and property, “said the Commissioner.

Trumputin’s “Policies” on Guns, Drugs, Puerto Rico, Golf, Mueller and Russian Election Theft Are All About Mob Money
 

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onald Trump’s sole “philosophy” is personal profit. His real “party” is the mob. His mafia “don,” Vladimir Putin, is the world’s #1 crime boss. For the pair of them, the issues of the day all boil down to one: cash flow.

Russian crime lords have been laundering money through The Donald since the 1980s. Like his slumlord father, who was allied with the New York mob, nothing really matters to Trumputin except that river of lucre. If Special Counsel Mueller touches the bottom of The Donald’s swamp, it will all be about money laundering and his ties to the organized underworld. There are many reasons he’s hiding his tax returns.

Meanwhile, let’s look at some actual issues:

GUNS: The National Rife Association is a sales organization for the weapons industry. All that twisted blather about the Bill of Rights is cheap cover.

The Second Amendment requires all gun owners to be part of “a well-regulated militia” serving “the security of a free state.”

Trump’s idiocy about arming all teachers makes sense only for promoting gun sales. Ubiquitous assault weapons and concealed handguns are both profit centers. Living school kids are not.

DRUGS: The Drug War is about keeping prisons full, jacking up pot prices for the transnational mob, protecting the alcohol and pharmaceutical industries, and preventing citizens of youth and color from voting.

It’s also no accident that our principal allies in Vietnam were heroin dealers, our Contra puppets in Nicaragua were coke pushers, and our fellow “freedom fighters” in Afghanistan are poppy growers.

The idea that Trump and Jeff Sessions oppose pot legalization for reasons of public health is a sick joke.

More than 40 million Americans have been arrested in the Drug War since Nixon declared it in the early 1970s. Dick’s assault powered a “Southern Strategy” meant to destroy communities of youth and color. Nixon’s own mob backers profited hugely from higher black market drug prices and a booming prison industry.

Sadly for Trumputin, legalization in Colorado and elsewhere has lowered crime and incarceration rates, reduced alcohol consumption, and provided serious breakthroughs using cannabis for ailments like epilepsy and glaucoma instead of hugely overpriced pharmaceuticals. Opioid death rates are far lower where pot is legal.

So all of Nixon/Trump/Sessions’ worst fears about losing cash flow and elections with the end of Pot Prohibition are coming true. But don’t look for them to give up soon.

PUERTO RICO: Trumputin is using Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico to ethnic-cleanse the island and make it a mobbed-up profit center. Despite fierce opposition from San Juan’s sane mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, Governor Ricardo Rossello wants to turn over the island’s utility and school systems to Trump cronies.

FEMA is re-running its race-based fiasco in New Orleans after Katrina. Amidst soaring emigration and suicide rates, countless US citizens remain without power, shelter, jobs, schools, clean water, and food. Land prices have plummeted, opening the door to corporate speculators. Republicans speak openly about the island as a financial center like Hong Kong or Singapore. The linked Trumputin vision would be a mobbed-up pre-Revolutionary Havana, filled with dirty money-laundering luxury hotels, casinos, and prostitution rings.

GOLF: Trump’s trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort line his pockets with taxpayer dollars. The direct expenses to haul his immense corpus down there are of course enormous.

But the Secret Service and staff stay in rooms, eat food, buy drinks, ride in golf carts, and wrack up “ancillary costs” paid for by you and me. For every round Trumputin bogeys, our millions flow to his bottom line.

ELECTION THEFT: Of course, the US itself has flipped scores of national elections around the world since the 1890s. That would include Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, when the CIA illegally installed the drunken Mafioso idiot Boris Yeltsin. Trumputin is our imperial vulture come home to roost.

But did the Russians actually strip our voter rolls and flip our electronic vote counts?

The bottom line: they could have. Our electoral system is ridiculously vulnerable, and won’t be much better come this fall’s midterms.

Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris, Kris Kobach, J. Kenneth Blackwell, and their fellow American fixers have done such dirty work for years. The 2000 and 2004 presidential elections were stolen by “domestic terrorists” a surely as Russians intervened in 2016.

Of course, the US itself has flipped scores of national elections around the world since the 1890s. That would include Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, when the CIA illegally installed the drunken Mafioso idiot Boris Yeltsin. Trumputin is our vulture come home to roost.

Thus far, Mueller’s investigations confirm that Putin’s mobsters meant to put their very own money launderer right here in the White House. Their exact impact on his election remains to be seen. But there was some. And he is an underworld nightmare come true.

Corporate Democrats, of course, love to tag Putin with Hillary’s absurdly avoidable loss. They’re thrilled to trash Bernie and the Greens while re-casting the Russians as the Cold War USSR. They are the ultimate fake “opposition” party, utterly void of fresh ideas, social commitment, and the slightest shred of grassroots democratic charisma.

Through it all, only one thing is certain: our elections can be flipped and stripped by virtually anybody — Russians, Republicans, Democrats, the Kochs, the alt-right, free-lance hackers, that 400-pounder in Trump’s NJ basement … you name it.

Until we have universal automatic voter registration with transparent, well-protected voter rolls, and universal hand-counted paper ballots, our electoral system is a bad joke.

And only Trump and Putin will be laughing. For them, the one “principle” of government is to guarantee that the Manchurian Mobster and Team Trumputin can continue to suck up the cash from our stripped and flipped electoral Laundromat.

 


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2:24 PM 2/28/2018 – Héctor Pesquera vs. Arnaldo Claudio: If there is a smoke, there must be a fire – Mi humilde opinión en pocas palabras – By Michael Novakhov

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1:31 PM 2/28/2018 – Héctor Pesquera vs Arnaldo Claudio – Google Search

Mi humilde opinión en pocas palabras: “If there is the perception of the crisis, then there is the crisis. If there is a smoke, there must be a fire. In public politics, the perceptions become the realities, be it justified or not” – By Michael Novakhov – 2.28.18 | 7:19 AM 2/28/2018 – Héctor Pesquera – Google News: Héctor Pesquera asegura tener evidencia contra el monitor federal – El Nuevo Dia.com

El secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Pública, Héctor Pesquera (horizontal-x3)

“In an in-depth interview with El Nuevo Día , the head of the DSP not only spoke about the report and launched serious accusations against Claudio , but called for a drop in the overall statistics of the crime, although the number of murders has skyrocketed. He said he was satisfied with his performance and played down the vision of the society that sees him radiating arrogance. He did not admit that he failed to compile the deaths as a result of the hurricane and acknowledged that his plan to integrate the seven agencies under his umbrella is behind schedule, but as part of the sequels of Maria’s passage… 

Does the DSP affect the agreement, as the report claims?

-It’s a bit ridiculous position.

The monitor says that the chain of command affects the reform …

-What is the crisis? That is the perception of the crisis…” 

My humble opinion in a few words 

Mi humilde opinión en pocas palabras 

Mr. Pesquera, If there is the perception of the crisis, then there is the crisis. If there is a smoke, there must be a fire. In public politics, the perceptions become the realities, be it justified or not. 

The attacks on Mr. Claudio only mean that he is doing his job and that he is doing it well, as it is expected of him. 

These are not the times for the personal squabbles, personally tinged conflicts or vendettas. The recent wave of murders, some of which might contain the defiant and intimidating messages to the authorities (“Deporte es Comerio“), indicate that the Law and Order situation on the Island, and especially in the provinces, is not controlled adequately. Is this a war going on between the criminal elements with the certain suspicious, nationalistically colored, moods, ideology, and motivations, who hide in the mountains and jungles of the Island on the one hand, and the inefficient, corrupt “La Uniformada” on the other? The infrastructure and the economic rebuilding cannot proceed without restoration of Law and Order. The new approaches toward the resolution of this situation should be thought out and considered.

I hear the voice of the good policeman who says: “Arrest, arrest, and arrest! This is the solution to your problems. And ship them to the mainland, they will be treated there more fairly than anywhere else.”

But at the same time, and this might be even more important:

provide the social services, feed the people, address their needs and emergencies, deal with them on the equal footing, not looking at them from the above positions of power.

Puerto Ricans have the good and old traditions of social ties, mutual help, and solidarity; and these traditions have to be put to good use. 

The DOJ and Mr. Sessions personally might be willing to look into this situation, to interfere into it, and to restore the normal and efficient functioning of the police, emergency services, and other relevant power structures. This will prove one more time that nothing happens and nothing will ever happen in Puerto Rico without the attention, interference, and help from the central mainland authorities. Is Mr. Claudio’s latest report, covering the second half of 2017, published? I could not find it on the internet so far. I think, it should be published, just like the previous ones (in due time, if the delay is needed), and we all should read and study it, and to pay attention to the details. This matter is of enormous public importance for Puerto Rico. 

My thinking is that both Mr. Pesquera and Mr. Claudio should keep their jobs, and everyone must work harder, putting the power struggles aside and dealing with this crisis situation. 

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The specifics of the discussion on the criminogenic situation in Purto Rico are interesting: 

Quote:

It’s not one or two, it’s 27 murders more than last year, what do those figures tell you?

– Worried and we are taking care of it, but when we see the global statistics, crimes on the person are 21% less and crimes on the property, 19% less. We have 19.8% less in the totality of crimes, but the murders are more 27. I am aware, I am not justifying it.

What has been failed?

-These are individual issues of the people who commit the murders, there is no direct correlation … when there were less 21 last year there was no: “Oh, that’s good!” He ignored … This goes up and down. You can not say how we failed.

What is your plan? The rise in murders is a fact.

-It is a fact…

And people see it, it feels insecure. I imagine he has done an analysis of those murders. What is that plan?

-We have areas in which we know that they have shot more than in previous years, but the correlation between events to say that we fail does not exist. In a case like Comerío’s, who fails? It is impossible to predict that.

I understand that, but tell me, what is the analysis and the plan?

-The majority are for drugs, firearms, on the roads, on weekends. What are we doing? We are collecting criminal intelligence islandwide, target areas and go against individuals who understand that are possibly responsible … there is no place in the world where one type of crime is fired, that the next day the problem is corrected.”

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The following questions and issues arise: 

“There is no direct correlation…” between the homicides statistics and the homicides putative causal factors.

Or: there is no causal logical connection between the statistical increases in homicides and their implied reasons. These things happen at random, the reasons for killings and their circumstances are highly individual, no common threads can be discerned, and therefore whatever measures taken will have only the minimal effect, and the police, including the concepts and the strategies of the policing, cannot be faulted for the statistical increases in murders. Is this so? Yes and no, but this is quite an interesting point from the criminological point of view, and it deserves the further, informed, educated, and objective study and discussion. 

In criminology, just like in medicine, you are called to relieve the individual and social (e.g. murders, etc.) suffering and pain, even if you do not know for sure or at all their causes and mechanisms. You have “to do something” with some knowledge and hope that this intervention might help. Sometimes, apparently, no intervention might be better than any intervention, but this happens rarely. Most often we “do something” and it does help somewhat. 

With regard to the persistent and completely justified interviewer’s questions about the specific plan of dealing with the problem of killings in Puerto Rico, he did not get any specific answers from Mr. Pesquera, just skillfully evasive asides. But I think, this might be to Mr. Pesquera’s credit: no general will talk about his battle plans. But it is also indisputable that some plan is better than no plan. Mr. Pesquera does not have to tell us the specifics of his plan or plans if he has any. Their success will be judged by the next batch of the homicide statistics within the next year, and that’s how it is, fair or not. A good general is a victorious general, the one who wins. 

I think that the good (deep, comprehensive, objective, practical) criminological analysis might be helpful in understanding, formulating, and dealing with the crime situation and crime problems in Puerto Rico, and the input of criminologists is desirable. We need, as always, the correct diagnosis and the correct treatment. As simple as that. And as always, this is easier said than done. 

With regard to “radiating arrogance”, I actually agree with him: it is not his job to be nice, and he can “radiate” anything he wants to, as long as he gets the results. Again, that’s what counts. Hopefully, it will be a good radiation. Communications and/or their lack, thereof, can be the problem or the solution. It all depends on their “chemistry” and the circumstances.  

Michael Novakhov 

2.28.18

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Héctor Pesquera claims to have evidence against the federal monitor

The Chief of Public Safety denied that he gave orders during the demonstration on May 1, 2017 and accused the technical advisor of violating orders of the Court

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 6:00 AM

On the allegations related to the protest on May 1, Héctor Pesquera said “the one who is getting involved here, in specific areas that do not belong to him, is the advisor of technical compliance”, Arnaldo Claudio

The government of Puerto Rico is preparing to reject the last report of the federal monitor and everything points to it could do so by attaching documentary evidence to demonstrate to Judge Gustavo Gelpí that technical advisor Arnaldo Claudio has maintained a presumed pattern of undue interference with officials, legislators and agents, in violation of the provisions of the Federal Court as part of the agreement for the Reform of the Police.

Although he did not want to go into details about the responses to the accusations made in that last report, which covers the period from June 10 to December 9, 2017, the secretary of the Department of Public Security (DSP), Héctor Pesquera , He defended himself against the allegations and made clear his disagreement with Claudio.

“Here there has been an undue interference (by Claudio) in the operations of the Police, violating the agreement … He has even threatened and has given instructions to police officers. That is documented, it is not invented. When the time comes, the evidence will be presented … All this is unacceptable, it is outside the agreement and it is a complete aberration to its functions, “Pesquera said.

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In an in-depth interview with El Nuevo Día , the head of the DSP not only spoke about the report and launched serious accusations against Claudio , butcalled for a drop in the overall statistics of the crime, although the number of murders has skyrocketed. He said he was satisfied with his performance and played down the vision of the society that sees him radiating arrogance. He did not admit that he failed to compile the deaths as a result of the hurricane and acknowledged that his plan to integrate the seven agencies under his umbrella is behind schedule, but as part of the sequels of Maria’s passage.

The federal monitor’s report concludes that Pesquera violated the law by allegedly giving orders during the May 1, 2017 demonstration against theFiscal Oversight Board without having been formally endorsed by the Senate , which the DSP conflides with the reform of the Police and that there are problems with the chain of command, among others.

Pesquera denied everything, although he said he could not go deeply into each of the findings. The governor’s advisor, Alfonso Orona, will present the riposte before Gelpi.

What of the agreements to implement the reform are already at least halfway?

-There are many, there are several …

Does it say that progress has been made, at a slow, steady or fast pace?

-That is actively running with some metrics and some times of validity … I am sure, based on the comments made by the technical adviser, that if that had been the case I would have been in the press.

I feel a bit of cynicism in their expressions …

-None. It is a truth.

How is your communication with the federal monitor?

-I have had very little communication with him.

Do you think that is healthy?

-Before answering whether it is healthy or not, there is a person in charge of the Police …

But you are in the lead …

– Yes, but the agreement is very clear and specific, and I participated in that. I am not intervening in the daily operations of the Police … when it is necessary to take something that has to do with public policy, yes … I communicated with the Orona counselor and with the Department of Justice, and they they communicate at the court level with the parties.

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Is not your direct communication with the monitor crucial, because we are talking about a reform of the Police, which is the head of the commissioner, who was involved in the negotiations to reach an agreement and that the administration has extolled the ties with the federal government?

-The agreement is valid, where there is a discrepancy in the participation of the technical advisor who has an interference in things that do not concern him.

Is it enough for the monitor to communicate directly with the Commissioner of the Police?

-No, if you need to communicate with me he has my personal telephone number … I am 100% accessible.

Claudio alleges that he is regularly excluded from discussions on the implementation of Law 20, is that true?

-The agreement says that the technical compliance advisor can not make any kind of unilateral action with public officials … There are documented facts where he (Claudio), directly, in violation of the instructions of the Court, put himself in communication with the legislators (who worked with Law 20). It was a violation of the agreement and the judge’s instructions.

Are you revealing that Claudio violated the provisions of the Court and the original agreement?

-Undoubtedly. Documented, with evidence.

Did you give the evidence to Gelpi?

-In a given moment, so that you see the interference of the technical compliance advisor in activities that do not concern you, both parties, government and Justice (federal) brought the concern to the Court, that this person was doing things that do not they competed or had interference.

When did they do it?

-In 2015, it is also documented … The honorable judge Gelpí gave specific instructions so that he would not do it. We have documents that clearly indicate that it violated the agreement by going to representatives and legislators, to expose their position on Law 20. It is unacceptable, a violation of the agreement.

Claudio has maintained a pattern of undue interference?

-Absolutely, from the beginning and it has been maintained.

How is he still in office?

-I can not answer it. In due time, the government of Puerto Rico will present the situation before the honorable court … It is documented, I have the evidence.

Will you ask for a monitor change?

-That area I do not want to touch it. It’s up to the governor’s advisor and the Justice Department.

But would you recommend it?

-I do not want to go into the detail.

They are very serious complaints …

-Well, serious, that’s how we understand it.

I see him indignant …

-It is that here it is being made to see that one is the one that is in an undue meddling and it is the other way around, I can document it. Even in the situations in which he alleges that I gave specific instructions at the May 1 event, I have documentation, not gossip, where the officers say otherwise. In due time, they will be presented in the corresponding forum.

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Does the DSP affect the agreement, as the report claims?

-It’s a bit ridiculous position.

The monitor says that the chain of command affects the reform …

-What is the crisis? That is the perception of the crisis …

It creates an environment of distrust and demoralization, it is not clear who is in charge there …

-That is clear in the law. The one who does not follow the law or the agreement is he, who gives instructions to the police, who can not give them.

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The report says that he gave orders without having the endorsement of the Senate, why did he do it?

-We are starting from the wrong premise. The compliance advisor says that I gave orders … those cops who claim that I gave orders to document it. That is one of the areas that I do not want to go into details because you have to present it to the court.

What did you do that day?

-I was not there at the beginning, but in Guaynabo. They called me, as an advisor to the governor, that it was a function I had, and they told me to come back, that there was a problem. I went and saw what was going on, I asked, I made comments. There was the legal advisor (Orona) with me. There were certain things that happened, but no orders.

Did he give orders to remove the protesters from the airport?

-How am I going to say that? Protesters are not removed unless there is a violation of law. They have rights for the Constitution … I did not give instructions.

Any?

-No, but I can give suggestions.

Did your suggestions go directly to the police?

– In none of the activities where I made any kind of comment was outside the superintendent at that time. He was always with me.

In syn- thesis did you not intervene or give instructions that day?

-But I made comments … I was not giving orders

When Pesquera takes the baton of his defense he does it with strength and security.There is a sector of the country that applauds it, but there are others who believe that its projection is of colossal arrogance. If he is sure of something, he does not think to change. That is him, period.

There is a sector of the country that thinks that you radiate arrogance, are you arrogant?

-I did not come here to earn popularity, I came to do a job. If people do not like the way I communicate, I’m sorry. I will not change for any kind of pressure and less for political pressures.

And do you think they are purely political comments, not ordinary citizens?

-No, there must be citizens who consider it. But you know what? I’m sorry … That’s how I operate and if you do not like it, I’m very sorry.

The accumulation of murders in just two months keeps Pesquera on the public wall, but he insists that when you look at the whole scenario, the reality is that crime has dropped by 19.8%. The number of violent deaths has risen to 130, 27 more than in 2017.

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It’s not one or two, it’s 27 murders more than last year, what do those figures tell you?

– Worried and we are taking care of it, but when we see the global statistics, crimes on the person are 21% less and crimes on the property, 19% less. We have 19.8% less in the totality of crimes, but the murders are more 27. I am aware, I am not justifying it.

What has been failed?

-These are individual issues of the people who commit the murders, there is no direct correlation … when there were less 21 last year there was no: “Oh, that’s good!” He ignored … This goes up and down. You can not say how we failed.

What is your plan? The rise in murders is a fact.

-It is a fact…

And people see it, it feels insecure. I imagine he has done an analysis of those murders. What is that plan?

-We have areas in which we know that they have shot more than in previous years, but the correlation between events to say that we fail does not exist. In a case like Comerío’s, who fails? It is impossible to predict that.

I understand that, but tell me, what is the analysis and the plan?

-The majority are for drugs, firearms, on the roads, on weekends. What are we doing? We are collecting criminal intelligence islandwide, target areas and go against individuals who understand that are possibly responsible … there is no place in the world where one type of crime is fired, that the next day the problem is corrected.

What happens is that not two days have passed, we are talking about the accumulation of cases in two months. What is your plan? Which regions should they reinforce?

-San Juan, Carolina and Ponce are the three regions where we have seen that has risen compared to last year. But we go back: there are more 27 and everyone claims that there is a crisis, but when there was less 21 nobody said: “That’s good”. There, is the difference.

But there is no crisis?

– I do not see that there is crisis … there is a concern.

Five months after the hurricane, can you admit that you were wrong in collecting data on the deaths from the hurricane?

-Do not.

Pesquera insisted that without evidence you could not add cases to the list of deaths and welcomed him to the study that will make the University of George Washington, which will cost the government about $ 1.4 million. The official figure remains at 64 deaths.

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In the eight months at the head of the DSP, his greatest achievement, he said, has been to “explain” to the commissioners of the seven agencies that make up the umbrella that governs the public policy of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, the approach to the best use of resources and the efficiencies.

The consolidation is delayed and the great stumbling block in that calendar was María. It is a complex and difficult process, he stressed, and he hopes to have it oiled before the end of 2018. The projected savings will be more than $ 28 million.

What is the most complex?

-The complexity of joining the agencies, of mixing the bank accounts, of the personnel, which are different scales, that have different functions, of the contracts, of looking for the way to make the efficiencies … how to standardize the procedures of the contracts, where to take the headquarters … everything was paralyzed by the hurricanes.

At what stage is the process of merging the seven agencies?

-Not finished, no, we need the headquarters … The first agencies should be the smallest, to go little by little adding the others.

When does the complete merger plan to be ready?

-You have to be ready this year, at some point, without fail.

Once you have that complete administrative process, would there be staff movement?

-We can not take someone from another staff and suddenly turn them into policemen. What we can do, and we are already working, is to remove all the police who are doing administrative work and replace them based on the Single Employer.

How many are the policemen who are in administrative areas?

-Almost 900, very many.

Was the problem of absenteeism already controlled?

-That was resolved. What is there is 20 or 30 island level, normal.

How many barracks are still not working?

-It is not so much those that are not working, but those that are working in conditions that are not correct … I anticipate that in the study of needs, are the barracks, which can be eliminated and, say, regionalized. Have a barracks that serves an area where three or four are not necessary because the staff does not justify.

What should be improved?

– I need the headquarters to integrate the first agency. We are working hard.

Do you think that people are satisfied with their performance?

-From what I see on the street, yes.

Why should we continue to pay him a salary of $ 248,500?

-It is the salary that I need to survive … they invested in a person with knowledge, credibility, skills to work with the state, federal and municipal system. That is the reason.

Are the results you have so far worth that investment?

-I work 16, 18 hours … I understand that yes.

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12 comments
6 minutes ago
Titus Andronicus
I learned one thing in sports – when management reiterates that it supports a leader and that he has total confidence you can count the days that he has left. A few days ago the governor said that Pesquera has his confidence. Start packing your bags, Mr. Arrogant.

34 minutes ago
valentin
Rubbish to Florida where you were ….
37 minutes ago
In love with the Divine
That arrogant, not a hint of humility. His resignation will be very applauded by the people. 250 thousand is a fortune for this unserviceable fiasco.
45 minutes ago
SESAME
Little is left to that mediocre …
48 minutes ago
GannLaw
I do not understand the PNP! This man was a fiasco under Fortuño and Risky comes and rewards him with a $ 250,000 per year. If you are incompetent, they reward you. LOL!
53 minutes ago
Nat
This man what happens is that he clings to his $ 250,000 per year.
1 hour ago
Super Ovni
Now this NDEJO goes to discuss does not work and continue to earn $$$

1 hour ago
HFG
You could win 100 thousand less and survive. ARROGANT!!!

1 hour ago
solsham
ANOTHER EMBUSTER Q CAYO IN THE HANDS OF THE FEDERALES Q GRUTO ESSSSSSSSSSS.

2 hours ago
Anibal Serrano
This indian is a pretentious charlatan. The officiality of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile seems to have come.
2 hours ago
RobWoods
The feds are watching over you. Pa you celebrate your American citizenship.
10 minutes ago
Carmencita Baez de Rosa
That is, when he loses that juicy job, he dies, I say, because he indicates that he needs the salary to survive …

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