US, Puerto Rico sign agreement on reforming police

AP News
Posted: Dec 21, 2012 5:15 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has signed an agreement with Puerto Rico's government calling for reform of the Caribbean island's police department, which has long been accused of corruption, illegal killings and civil rights violations.

The agreement resolves a lawsuit that U.S. authorities filed Friday. It comes more than a year after federal prosecutors issued a scathing report on the U.S. territory's police department, which is the second-largest force in the U.S. with more than 17,000 officers.

Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno says both parties have asked that a judge temporarily suspend proceedings until April to give the island's incoming administration to evaluate and possibly modify the agreement if needed.