The “strong hand against crime” discourse that has been used since the administration of Pedro Rosselló , three decades ago, has not only been ineffective, but has also increased the levels of antagonism and frustration in the country, criminologist Gary opined yesterday. Gutiérrez , when analyzing the triple murder registered on Monday in Cataño .

In the face of the incident, which claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy who was attending a birthday party, in front of the Jardines de Cataño residential complex, Gutiérrez emphasized that the response should not be the so-called “strong hand against crime.”

“In Puerto Rico, there is no need for more police. The international standard is 2.8 police officers for every 100,000 inhabitants, and up to 1.8 police officers is tolerable, and Puerto Rico has almost three police officers for every 100,000 inhabitants, without adding the municipal guards,” he pointed out.

Gutiérrez compared the criminal panorama in the country with that registered for 2011, which was a year in which an average of 31 violent deaths per 100,000 inhabitants were registered. The world standard, he said, is five to seven violent deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

So, he added, the socioeconomic situations that Puerto Rico was experiencing were very similar to those of today. “In the face of this violence by the State and the violence of capital, which increasingly demands more from the poor to manage the debt, tensions will be generated that will end in criminal violence, such as drug trafficking, or intrafamily violence. “, he pointed.

For Joel Villa, who is also a criminologist, this type of event is an “unintended consequence of the mismanagement of all governments” in relation to the management of drug points and drug dependency. “The truth has hit us in the face,” he said.… (Excerpt from El Nuevo Dia)


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