Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Puerto Rico: Retired NYPD Exec Resigns as Supt of Police, After Only Four Months on the Job

According to Fox News Latino, Superintendent of Police of the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) James Tuller Cintrón resigned his position on Tuesday (April 1) after just four months on the job, having begun his tenure on December 1, 2013.  

Governor Alejandro García Padilla briefly explained that Superintendent Tuller was stepping down to for "personal matters." 

COMMENT: Very often, when a retired New York City Police Department (NYPD) executive tenders his resignation as Superintendent of Police for "personal matters," after only four months in the job, the actual reason for the Superintendent's abrupt departure has little to do with personal matters.

Some legislators charged with ratifying Superintendent Tuller's appointment in the Senate, raised questions concerning the Superintendent's completed financial-disclosure statements, yet the Senate has never articulated exactly how many legislators failed to ratify the Superintendent.

The Senate has never publicly acknowledged a problem with Superintendent Tuller in the past, considering that he seemingly served honorably and retired from NYPD after nearly 40 years of service.

If the Senate truly had any doubts concerning Tuller's integrity or professionalism, they should have investigated Tuller's background PRIOR to his appointment and relocation to San Juan.

The PRPD has had a very serious problem retaining a Superintendent of Police, particularly considering that since 2009 FIVE Superintendents of Police have come and gone.

The myriad of crises facing Puerto Rico today include:

1. Puerto Rico is facing an unemployment rate of 15%;

2. Puerto Rico has a homicide rate higher than any US state on the Mainland;

3. Puerto Rico's has debt comparable to 70% of gdp;

4. 54% of Puerto Rican homes are not connected to water mains/sewers;

5. One-third of all Puerto Ricans are on food stamps;

6. All three credit agencies downgraded the Territory's rating to junk status; 

7. The failure of PR to act on police corruption/human rights violations. 

 In a related development, and despite all of these liabilities and downsides as to why Puerto Rico should NOT become the 51st state, is that the US Congress has appropriated funding to bring the issue of US statehood for Puerto Rico to a vote during President Obama's administration.

The answer? Seventy-five percent of Puerto Ricans voted Democratic in 2012. 

Needless to say, I urge all US citizens to urge their legislators to vote "no" on making Puerto Rico the 51st state before President Obama steps down in 2016. Otherwise, the Democratic Party's control of politics for years to come very well become a given.