Puerto Rico officer punished after loudspeaker act

AP News
Posted: Jan 06, 2012 4:52 PM
Puerto Rico officer punished after loudspeaker act

Puerto Rico's police chief has suspended an officer who used his patrol car's loudspeaker during a funeral to demand that the superintendent resign.

Officer Harold Ortiz was accused Friday of insubordination and improper use of government property.

The loudspeaker incident happened Wednesday while police chief Emilio Diaz Colon spoke to the press during the funeral of a police sergeant whose killing remains unsolved.

Diaz has faced increased calls in recent months to step down as violent crime continues to soar across the U.S. Caribbean territory of nearly 4 million inhabitants.

Puerto Rico reported a record 1,136 killings last year. That surpassed the previous record of 995 slayings reported in 1994.