Saturday, January 22

At least 14 people were killed over the weekend in Puerto Rico amid police absenteeism


These murders coincided with the absenteeism of thousands of police officers protesting their precarious pensions and demanding job improvements.

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Fourteen murders were reported this past weekend in Puerto Rico, events that coincided with the absenteeism of thousands of police officers protesting their precarious pensions and demanding job improvements.

The most recent murder occurred on Sunday at 11:07 pm (local time) in the Buen Consejo neighborhood, in the San Juan sector of Río Piedras.

Based on preliminary information and in circumstances that are under investigation, the authorities were alerted through the 911 Emergency System, about a serious assault at the scene.

When the police arrived, they found a man wounded by a bullet inside a vehicle. The victim was transported to the Río Piedras Medical Center, where he later died. At the moment, the deceased has not been identified.

According to the data, the man had multiple tattoos on both arms.

Even on Sunday morning, specifically at 10.06 in the morning, another murder and a gunshot wound were also reported in the Buen Consejo neighborhood.

Almost an hour before the murder reported on Sunday night in the aforementioned neighborhood, the authorities reported another homicide at 10.12 at night on Highway 844, on the Marcelino Díaz road in the Carraízo neighborhood in Trujillo Alto, a municipality near San Juan. .

According to preliminary information, a call to the 911 Emergency System alerted the authorities to a person wounded by a gunshot in the aforementioned place, and the agents arriving, located in the pavement area the body of a man with multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of the body

The victim, who has not been identified, was transported in a private vehicle to the Neomed Center for Diagnosis and Treatment in Trujillo Alto, where the doctor on duty certified the absence of vital signs.

In San Juan, specifically, five murders were recorded over the weekend, including the two in the Buen Consejo neighborhood and another two on Sunday afternoon on 65 de Infanteria Avenue.

However, a murder that has dismayed Puerto Ricans is that of a 17-year-old young man who was later murdered after being kidnapped along with two other people on Saturday night as they left the El Hipopótamo restaurant, on Luis Muñoz Avenue. Rivera de Río Piedras.

With these 14 murders reported this past weekend, Violent crimes on the island rise to 508 to date, a difference of 64 more compared to those registered in 2020 for the same date.

All these crimes occur in the midst of a strike by state police to protest their precarious pensions and call for job improvements.

The Police Commissioner, Antonio López Figueroa, confirmed on Sunday that during that day and on Friday A total of 4,963 uniformed personnel were absent from their jobs.

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