ACLU Asks Justice Department To Intervene In Serious Human Rights Abuses In Puerto Rico

Letter Cites Allegations Of Extreme Police Misconduct And Suppression Of Free Speech FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) today urging it to intervene in serious human rights and civil liberties abuses reported to be occurring against the people of Puerto Rico at the hands of the territory’s government. The ACLU asked that DOJ conclude its ongoing investigation of allegations of serious incidents of police violence and the suppression of free expression – including numerous reports of violent attacks against peaceful protesters and racially motivated police abuse – and take action to end these egregious practices. “At a time when our nation is riveted by the power of peaceful demonstrations and their importance to our democracy, the horrific abuses reported to be taking place in Puerto Rico have flown too far under the radar,” said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “It is nothing short of shocking to think that these breathtaking incidents could occur unchecked in America, and any abuses must be stopped.” According to the letter signed by Romero, police abuse has escalated and free expression has been under threat since Gov. Luis Fortu