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ACLU Report Says 1,700 Puerto Rican Police Officers Are Criminals, Entire Force Rampant With Abuse

This story is actually a bit on the old side in news terms (June!), but CNN uploaded a video on it TODAY, making it a current event as far as we're concerned. The nonexistent antecedent of "this story" in the previous sentence being, "Puerto Rico's police force is super corrupt."

The American Civil Liberties Union released a report on the Puerto Rican police, which is the second-largest police force in the United States (obviously including territories here), on June 19, and it ain't pretty. While attention on police misbehavior in ACTUAL states has increased thanks to the string of abuses associated with Occupy Movement protests, those incidents don't hold a candle to the sorts of horrors contained in the ACLU report.

Did I read the entire paper? No, dummy, it's 182 pages long, but you can download it and knock yourself out if you want. The section headers alone, though, are enough to make you cancel your cruise to San Juan. They are:

    III. Shooting to Kill: Unjustified Use of Lethal Force
    IV. Police Brutality against Low-Income, Black, and Dominican Communities
    V. Billy Clubs versus Speech: Excessive Force against Protesters to Suppress Speech and Expression
    VI. Documented Cases of Police Abuse against Protesters
    VII. Failure to Police Crimes of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
    VIII. Total Impunity: Failure to Investigate or Punish Police Brutality
    IX. A Lawless Police Force: Lack of Guidance Governing the Use of Force,
    X. Relevant Constitutional and Human Rights Law.

Well then. Even if you remove some of the florid rhetoric, the ACLU report doesn't exactly paint a pretty picture of Puerto Rico's police. Between 2005 and 2010, 1,700 of the island's 17,000-member force were arrested for various crimes ranging from domestic abuse to murder. It's worth remembering that police despise disciplining their own, so I can only imagine what those who DON'T get arrested are doing with their time.

But why should we care? After all, Puerto Rico isn't even a state, and the last time I checked, they don't speak Anglish down there. CNN, can you help us out?

Yes, CNN will help. The reporters in the video below repeatedly remind us that the nearly 4 million people who reside in Puerto Rico are in fact UNITED STATES CITIZENS. Who knew? It's not like this is happening in a foreign country, as correspondent Nick Valencia points out. This is OUR country. If Puerto Rico were a foreign country we could send in a drone strike and not have to worry about it, but here in AMERICA, this shit won't fly.

Watch the video, please. It begins with the lead, "Well, if you don't follow what's going on in Puerto Rico, here is one reason why you should." Thanks, CNN!

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit with the feds and is calling for swift action from the US and Puerto Rican governments. Things don't usually work out too well when America tries to impose its will on brown people who don't speak English, but remember: THESE ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.