Acknowledging violations, Police chief limits random arrests
Santo Domingo.- In a tacit acknowledgment of the violation of the rights to the assembly, Police chief Manuel Castro on Wednesday announced that “the arrest of citizens without a justified cause is completely forbidden.”
“No one can be subjected to imprisonment, or their liberty restrained without a competent judge’s motivated and written warrant, except in case of “flagrante delicto” – he said, quoting the Constitution.
In the statement, Castro said if someone reveals a suspicious profile, police agents must perform a strict, quick on site check of the citizen in the same place of the detention.
“The police agent who detains a citizen on the need of a wider background check must not exceed one hour, since it’s long enough to determine a criminal history or has wants or warrants,” he said, adding that the decision stems from the constant complaints from various sectors.
A cartoon in Diario Libre today comments how the decision will affect the “income” of corrupt police. It is a known practice that many of the roundups served as personal fund-raisers for the corrupt police.
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