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4 Puerto Rico policemen suspended amid probe

Updated at: 02/06/2013 11:08 AM
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(AP) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico’s police chief has suspended four officers suspected of planting a gun in a man’s car and charging him with possession of an illegal weapon.

Hector Pesquera says his department is investigating the case after he analyzed video from a private security camera posted on YouTube.

Police spokeswoman Michelle Franco said Wednesday that two of the officers were suspended without pay.

The officers had arrested three men in the case on Jan. 25. The charges were dropped after a defense attorney submitted the video during a court hearing.

The investigation comes after the Puerto Rican government recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform an agency long accused of corruption, illegal killings and civil rights violations.

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