SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials in Puerto Rico are looking to replace a U.S. marshal who stepped down after being appointed to oversee a federally mandated reform of the U.S. territory’s police department.
Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda says that in a surprise move Juan Mattos Jr. stepped down for personal reasons. Miranda said late Friday that he is working with U.S. Justice Department officials to quickly find a replacement.
Puerto Rico has been given 10 years to transform its police department after federal officials issued a scathing report in 2011 that accused officers of illegal killings, corruptions and civil rights violations.
The island has the second-largest force in the U.S. with more than 17,000 officers.