Federal police shakeup reportedSunday, January 19, 2014
Tucumán Governor Alperovich purges police top brass
The police is in the eye of the storm weeks after the revolt headed by officers led in December in several provinces. In Tucumán and Córdoba, the governors have now decided to forcefully retire police chiefs.
In Buenos Aires City, 13 Federal Police chiefs were separated from the police stations they headed, though versions indicate that it was an ordinary procedure carried out by authorities annually, according to the news agency Noticias Argentinas.
Tucumán Governor José Alperovich sidelined 25 police chiefs a month after looting and chaos spread throughout that northern province, leaving four people dead. Days after the police mutinies, the governor dismissed the head of the provincial police, Jorge Racedo, who was replaced with Dante Bustamante.
The case is currently being analyzed by the provincial judiciary. Nine police officers were arrested and accused of taking part in several crimes.
In Córdoba, the judicial investigation is making progress as well. Sixteen police officers who were arrested last week for the revolt and mutinies will be questioned on Tuesday by Prosecutor Raúl Garzón, according to information provided by him yesterday. Garzón also said he was considering to order new detentions. On December 3, police revolts started in Córdoba and were soon repeated in other provinces.
On Thursday, the national government sent 1,000 Border Guard troops to the mediterranean province after Governor José Manuel de la Sota said he feared a possible relapse of December’s events.
Meanwhile tension grew in Entre Ríos province, where police officers demonstrated on Friday alongside the Liaison Board farm lobbies. Entre Ríos Attorney General José Amilcar García yesterday confirmed that he will be pressing charges for “sedition” against the officers who took part in December’s strikes. García insisted that the police officers had blackmailed the government into granting the pay hikes and said that he considers the agreement “illegal.”
Herald with DyN, Télam, Online Media