Police and politics
Former Police Superintendent Héctor Pesquera made it clear as clear can be in an exclusive interview with CARIBBEAN BUSINESS (June 6) that the one thing that could get him to leave his post was too much political meddling and interference with the police, which—much like health and education—need to be free of political influence. And that, no matter what anyone is saying, is exactly what convinced him to step down last week. It probably wasn't—as many think— that it was because of a Federal Court-appointed police expert. In the same exclusive interview with CARIBBEAN BUSINESS, Pesquera announced that this might and should happen. It's what was needed. In fact, the real motivations for Pesquera's resignation, according to insider reports, go deeper than that. Pesquera had made public his resistance to political meddling in his affairs as police chief and sources point the finger at Justice Secretary Luis Sánchez Betances. What's more, reports have surfaced alleging that Pesquera literally went to Gov. Alejandro García Padilla with an ultimatum, saying in so many words, "You have to choose either Betances Sánchez or me, who is it going to be?" Judging by the results, it seems clear which official the governor decided to go with.