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Puerto Rico’s designated police chief resigns

April 1, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s acting police chief has resigned just four months after being named to head the U.S. territory’s troubled force.

James Tuller Cintron said Tuesday that he is resigning for personal reasons. He did not elaborate. His resignation has come even before a vote to confirm him by Puerto Rico’s Senate.

Tuller previously had a long law enforcement career in New York. He had replaced Hector Pesquera, a former FBI official who resigned after less than two years on the job.

Puerto Rico has the second-largest police force in the U.S. with more than 17,000 officers. It is currently undergoing a 10-year federally mandated reform after U.S. prosecutors issued a report in 2011 in which they accused officers of illegal killings, corruption and civil rights violations.

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