Another Criminal Cop

March 23, 2011

Kudos to the U.S. Department of Justice and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Benedetto for filing charges against a former CNMI policer officer who abused his position.

Former DPS officer Frankie S. Pangelinan was charged in federal court with deprivation of rights under color of law (excessive force), deprivation of rights under color of law (false arrest), and deprivation of rights under color of law.

 The charges stem from an incident on July 23, 2010 when the police officer pepper sprayed Felipe Kalen and Alafanso Anso Kintin in their eyes. The assault resulted in physical injuries. The officer arrested Kalen without probable cause.

Pangelinan continued working as a police officer until November 2010. From the Saipan Tribune:
Saipan Tribune learned that Pangelinan left the Department of Public Safety in November 2010. It was not clear if he was terminated or he resigned.

Pangelinan was named 2004 Government Employee of the Year. At the time, he was assigned to the governor's protective service.

Prior to that assignment, Pangelinan was a training and professional development instructor at DPS. His duties included preparing and training recruits in the department's Police Academy.
If this case follows the pattern of other cases of abusive CNMI law enforcement officers,  we can assume that Pangelinan left the DPS and was given another government position.

Now let's see an indictment for the officer(s) who brutally beat Jin Dong Wang.


Anonymous said...

So where is this guy employed now? Anyone?