FBI Arrests Dozens of Puerto Rican Police in Major Corruption Bust

By Rebecca Greenfield

Yesterday, the FBI sent 1,000 agents to arrest more than 80 Puerto Rican police officers accused of aiding drug traffickers. Several officers, unconnected to each other, were found selling protection to dealers for up to $4,500. Attorney General Eric Holder has called this the largest police corruption investigation in FBI history, and says he expects the arrests to significantly impede the South American-U.S. drug trade. They should come as a rude awakening, too, for a police force that already struggles with a bad reputation. As The Guardian reports:

Calls for reform have mounted in recent days with several high-profile abuse allegations.

One police officer was charged on Tuesday with first-degree murder for allegedly chasing a man down with his pick-up truck while off duty and shooting him in the back. Another was charged with second-degree murder a week earlier in a shooting that left a witness to a robbery brain-dead.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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