| 24 ENE 2013, 12:00 AM

"Exchanges" of gunfire have taken 4,069 Dominican lives in 16 years

Candelier and Guzman have greatest number of deaths

SANTO DOMINGO. A study carried out by the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) showed that since 1997 and up to August 2012, some 4,069 men and women, including minors, have died at the hands of the Police.

According to the report, just in the term of Rafael Guillermo Guzman Fermin as Chief of Police, in 2008, 2009 and 2010, at least 1,300 citizens were killed.

"These statistics show that with the policy of "exchanges of gunfire" criminality has not been decrease in any of its manifestations, from simple larceny or common crimes all the way to white collar crimes, including organized crime and the corruption of the public administration," says the report from the CNDH.

In the current administration headed by Major General Jose Armando Polanco Gomez, as of the end of August 2012, the deaths at the hands of police agents number 170.

In 1997, when Jose Anibal Sanz Jiminian occupied the position of Chief of the National Police, 351 persons died during exchanges of gunfire and other circumstances in which the Police took part.

In 1998, under the same Chief, 253 persons perished. In 1999, during the period of Pedro de Jesus Candelier, during the administration of Leonel Fernandez, 219 persons died.

In the year 2000, under the same Pedro de Jesus Candelier, at the end of the Fernandez administration and the beginning of the term of Hipolito Mejia, the number of deaths at the hands of the National Police added up to 301.

By the year 2004, between the end of the period of Candelier and the beginning of the term of Jaime Marte Martinez, there were 360 deaths attributed to these "exchanges."

In 2005, between the term of Jaime Marte Martinez and that of Manuel de Jesus Perez Sanchez, there were 437 police-related deaths.

Between 2006, under the leadership of Chief Bernardo Santana Paez, the dead totaled 295. In 2007, also under Santana Paez, the number rose to 345.

In 2008, with Rafael Guillermo Guzman Fermin as Chief, the dead totaled 413.

For the year 2009, the number of deaths under the chiefdom of Guzman Fermin added up to 400. In 2010, before passing command to Jose Armando Polanco Gomez, the deaths during the Guzman Fermin administration were more than 450.

In 2010, during the first three months under the management of Major General Jose Armando Polanco Gomez, some 28 Dominicans died.

In 2011, with the same Chief of National Police Polanco Gomez, there were 300 victims of gunfire exchanges with police, and in 2012, there were 170.

Police deaths

During the same period covered in the study, some 2,145 police agents died at the hands of criminals and in the performance of their duties.

The dead agents cover the different chief from the year 1997 until now. Precisely this year, in just one month, the Police reported the death of ten agents, including a colonel in North Santo Domingo, three lieutenants, two privates, three corporals and a sergeant, all at the hands of criminals.
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    ¿Cree que hay sectores de la cúpula del poder político involucrados en el caso Odebrecht ?