Santo Domingan Police dismissed: downfall via charges of extortion, etc.

On 14 April, the Dominican Republic’s Executive Branch agreed with the recommendations of the Upper Police Board to forcibly retire or dismiss for bad conduct 27 police officers: four majors, two captains, nine first lieutenants, seven second lieutenants, two sergeant majors, two corporals and one private, yesterday, 14 April. The dismissals were related to acts of extortion, having links to drug dealers or criminal gangs, and other crimes.

Enforced retirement was recommended for Major Jose Antonio Feliz Perez for negligence as well as Major Daniel de Leon Rodriguez for allowing alcohol inside the jail in Barahona.

Police warn they will have zero tolerance with former colleagues who violate their own code. (IMAGE VIA - El Nacional)

Police warn they will have zero tolerance with former colleagues who violate their own code. (IMAGE VIA - El Nacional)

In addition, Major Miguel Angel Feliz was dismissed for misconduct, while Major Renato Pena Rojas was dismissed for having stolen a music system from a car which had been involved in an accident in Imbert, Puerto Plata.

The remaining officers were dismissed for extortion, some for taking bribes from people arrested, allowing them to go free, while others dismissed for associating with known criminals.

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