Puerto Rico calls National Guard after surge in murders

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Puerto Rico has called upon 1,000 National Guard troops to help local police fight a rampant crime wave that has pushed the murder rate to a record high. In 2009 alone, 894 people were killed on the Caribbean island. The high rate of crime is being attributed to feuding between gangs battling for control of the cocaine and heroin trade. And the crime has not been restricted to metropolitan areas. There have also been reports of violence and murder in the mountain regions of Puerto Rico.

We talk with Puerto Rico’s Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock about the escalation of violence and the call for National Guard troops to assist the local police.

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