Levantan voz de alerta debido al poder otorgado a funcionarios federales para arrestar en Puerto Rico

Los primeros 54 funcionarios de seguridad de Nueva Jersey recién llegados a Puerto Rico para pertenecer al recién creado “Cuerpo de Oficiales de Paz” que tendrá funciones de vigilancia y seguridad tras los terremotos al sur del País, fueron juramentados este domingo por el secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Pública, Pedro Janer. 

Sin embargo, la creación de este “Cuerpo de Oficiales de Paz”, que le confiere autoridad a oficiales de orden público federales para hacer intervenciones y arrestos a civiles, pone en peligro las garantías que tienen los ciudadanos al amparo de la Constitución de Puerto Rico, alertó el director legal de la Unión Americana de Derechos Civiles (ACLU) en la isla, el Lcdo. Fermín Arraiza. “Una vez juramentados, comenzaron sus funciones en apoyo a los oficiales del Negociado de la Policía de Puerto Rico en la gestión de vigilancia, tránsito y seguridad”, confirmó Janer. Hasta el momento, el Gobierno no ha solicitado efectivos adicionales a este grupo de 54, añadió Janer. Estos oficiales no recibieron adiestramiento formal sobre la Reforma de la Policía, sino una orientación sobre los protocolos de intervención, y comenzaron hoy mismo a asistir a la Policía ofreciendo asistencia en el manejo del tránsito y otros aspectos de seguridad en los campamentos ubicados en Guánica, Guayanilla, Peñuelas Ponce y Yauco. 

“Se discutió con ellos la forma en que los miembros de la Policía de Puerto Rico utilizan la fuerza.

Government dismisses need to plan a response to massive trauma cases

Despite how crucial it is to immediately respond to traumas after an earthquake, Health Secretary Rafael Rodríguez-Mercado said there is no formal plan or instructions, nor are they needed, for a massive response to trauma because doctors, as part of their training, know what to do in case of emergencies, aside from the fact that each hospital has its own strategy for that. Experts interviewed by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, in Spanish) differ from Rodríguez-Mercado. And his deputy in charge of the Río Piedras Medical Center, the executive director of the Health Services Administration (ASEM, in Spanish), Jorge Matta-González, disagreed with him. 

“All doctors are trained on what to do in times of emergency, hurricanes, mass casualties, all these problems. In an emergency such as an earthquake, the most commonly seen cases are orthopedics and neurosurgery,” said the Secretary in an interview with Radio Isla. His comments came after the CPI revealed that he had not shared a plan or instructions with his medical trauma team to handle possible massive number of cases after a major catastrophe following the earthquakes that have been rattling Puerto Rico for the past several weeks. 

The head of the Health Department has not not reach out to Trauma Center Director Pablo Rodríguez-Ortiz, who said he was unaware of this administration’s strategy to attend to an unexpectedly high volume of patients or the resources available for that. Rodríguez-Mercado also failed to inform Rodríguez-Ortiz about the current written plan, namely the Public Health and Medical Services Emergency Management Operational Plan.

Publicist Edwin Miranda tried to conceal his propaganda work, but reports say otherwise

Although after the publication of the Telegram chat, Publicist Edwin Miranda-Reyes claimed that the political work discussed in those conversations was billed and paid for by the Ricardo Rosselló political committee, during the period included in the 889 published pages there were no checks made out or bills issued by the committee on behalf of his advertising agency, the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI in Spanish) found. Miranda is one of the 14 people who were referred last Friday by the Justice Department to the Office of the Special Independent Prosecutor Panel (SIP) to investigate whether they committed crimes during those conversations. The CPI had access to the income and expense reports submitted by Ricardo Rosselló’s political committee to the Electoral Comptroller in which every candidate is legally required to — on a quarterly basis — disclose the money collected by their committee through donations or political activities, as well as all expenses for services received that have been paid or are pending payment. Miranda-Reyes said in written statements on July 12, 2019: “The FP+1 agency is responsible for providing advertising services to Ricardo Rosselló’s Committee for tasks related to promoting political affairs. That company handles social media.