SAN JUAN – This past weekend in Puerto Rico there were 11 murders, bringing the number of violent deaths on the Caribbean island so far during 2010 to 777, the police reported Monday.
The number of violent deaths as of this same date last year totaled 730, but police chief Jose Figueroa Sancha said that the bloody weekend would not tarnish the effectiveness of the government’s fight against crime.
“Little by little we’ve been lowering the (crime rate). Cases always occur, but (it’s) been slowing,” said Figueroa Sancha.
The increase in crime, one of the U.S. commonwealth’s main problems, several months ago forced Gov. Luis Fortuño to send the National Guard out on the streets, a measure that does not appear to have done much to halt the wave of violence besetting Puerto Rico.
The police on the island suffered a blow two weeks ago when more than 80 officers were arrested after being accused of corruption linked to drug trafficking. EFE