Differences between AG and National Police deepen
SD. The criticism of the Police investigation system accentuated yesterday the differences between the Attorney General of the Republic and the Chief of the National Police. Yesterday the Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito renewed his questioning and went further as he declared the use of tortures to get confessions to persons accused of criminal actions inadmissible. In the meantime, the Chief of Police, Major General Manuel Castro Castillo, separated the institution from the criminals that were arrested and are free today.
Dominguez Brito argued that the police method of investigation should not be a gunshot to the knees pf a defendant, because that stage is over.
“Nobody should thing about, no police officer should think about this, and we will never permit it, to place an iron, put it on the foot of an accused criminal in order for him to talk, because this is not the Dominican society, because this is not what the Constitution says.”
He felt that this is not remotely what could be permitted by the Dominican society. The official suggested that the government has a commitment with human rights, in the fight against crime, and to give society what it deserves, which is peace. He noted that he does not want to get into arguments, but rather that the position as government is to look for a police force that is more efficient. that is what he is working for.
“We want a more technical Police force, and we are going to work for that. We want professionals in the system of access and contracting of the police.”
He also argued for a training system. He hopes that there do not exist any investigation police that have not graduated from the police academy, high school graduates and with four years of college. He said that “what the police academy should be in investigative content should not be courses in law and they are lawyers, but rather specialists in investigations.”
Dominguez Brito said that greater professionalism is needed among prosecutors.
The Chief of Police
Castro Castillo answered the Attorney General. The general argued that in spite of the fact that the police salaries are very low, they work wholeheartedly 24 hours a day to bring tranquility and peace to citizens. He said that the force has been poorly appreciated by different sectors and they have created an erroneous perception that they are the only persons responsible for safety. He pointed out that this appreciation becomes exacerbated when authorized citizens criticize and point out deficiencies of Police work.
Likewise, that during the last few years they have made great technological advances, personnel training, and have acquired tools that equip them to deal with crime and the lack of security. Castro Castillo said that they have trained 140 officers in the area of investigation. He added that the police agents fight and work with few resources to fight the criminals in the streets.
The Attorney General said that they are investigating solid information on the people associated with “Cristian Matatan” who supposedly received RD$6.0 million every week in order to buy collusion among persons that should have been prosecuting him.
He deplored that those who were supposed to have fought crime became its allies.
Dominguez Brito indicated that the prosecutors had problems in the office of the District Attorney over this ethical conduct. He warned that if the people in charge of fighting crime become associated with it, there will be no good results.
Arrest of “Cristian Matatan” brings tranquility
Merchants and residents of the province of San Cristobal agree that after the arrest of the alleged drug trafficker Cristian Pozo (Cristian Matatan) there is an air of peacefulness.
In the meantime, a Police officer who asked not to be named, said that Cristian “convinced” eleven police agents, including three officer, to take care of his operations.
The merchant Fausto Rodriguez Almonte alleges that this gang, which he called powerful and fearsome, forced many merchants of the poorer barrios to pay him to protect them from thieves and assailants and this protection was paid each week.
Also, professor Martina Rosario said that Cristian became a good person and was very respectful, “but once we argued because he wanted to place a drug sales point next to the high school where I teach.”
Residents of the barrios Lava Pies, Jeringa, and Madre Vieja Sur, said that now they are more tranquil and they feel safer once the National Directorate for Drug Control arrested “Cristian Matatan”, who is said to be the biggest capo in the area.
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