Venezuela Vows to 'Rip the Head Off' of Corrupt Police

Monday, 13 Jan 2014 08:14 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Vowing to purge corrupt police officials, Venezuelan Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez has made public his mobile phone number and called on officers to report  criminal activity by their colleagues and superiors, Sky News reported.
 
Rodriguez promised to investigate and “rip the head off” of any police officer found to be corrupt.

The Venezuelan government headed by his boss, President Nicolas Maduro, has been sharply criticized for failing to curb crime in the wake of the murder of former Miss Venezuela  Monica Spear, 29.

Spear was shot to death last Monday along with her former husband, Thomas Henry Berry, 39, after their car experienced mechanical trouble on a highway in the northwestern part of the country.

The couple were gunned down in front of their five-year-old daughter, who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

The killings come amid a worsening violent crime problem in Venezuela. The Christian Science Monitor reported that according to statistics compiled by the United Nations, the country had the world’s fourth-highest murder rate in 2010, behind only El Salvador, Jamaica and Honduras.

More than 24,700 people were murdered in Venezuela last year, an increase of 14 percent over 2012.

Only eight of 100 murders in Venezuela are solved, Sky News reported, and many in the country  say police corruption exacerbates the problem.

Seven people have been arrested thus far in connection with the Spears/Berry murders, and police are searching for at least four more suspects in connection with case.

Related Story:

© 2014 NewsmaxWorld. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rousseff Gains Edge as Brazil Polls Point to Photo Finish

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 11:01 AM

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff gained support over opposition candidate Aecio Neves even as the race remains in a dea . . .

Canada Police Kill 'Radicalized' Driver Who Ran Over Soldiers

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 08:20 AM

A Canadian man who was killed by police on Monday after trying to run over two soldiers in Quebec had become radicalize . . .

Former Pinochet Bodyguard Arrested for Regime Era Murders

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 21:34 PM

A former bodyguard of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested Monday along with nine other former officials for t . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved