December 9, 2012
It is past time that the U.S. Attorney General investigate the CNMI Department of Public Safety. Not only has this department been unable to solve murders or release information on the nearly year-old murder of Emie Romero, but routine burglaries remain unsolved.
Just yesterday a teenager was terrorized by a police officer who pulled her over, pointed a gun at her and demanded she step out of the vehicle. The Marianas Variety reported:
The girl “froze” when she saw the police officer pointing his gun at her and ordering her to step out of her vehicle.
“Get out of the car, move over to the end of the vehicle, and lean against it!” the officer told the girl while still pointing the gun at her.
The police officer then ordered the girl to look straight ahead after she tried looking at his face, cussing at her and uttering profanities.
Around this time, a female police officer arrived in a marked police vehicle.
The police woman asked the teen what she did and the victim replied, “I don’t know.”
The policewoman then spoke to the police officer in Carolinian.
Afterward, the police officer apologized to the victim, who was crying, while the policewoman told her to calm down before driving her vehicle.The girl's family reported the outrageous incident, which supposedly will be investigated" by internal affairs.
Any chance of a serious investigation that results in consequences for the offending Carolinian officer are extremely doubtful. Former DPS Commissioner Ramon Mafnas made threats to innocent civilians; DPS officer Jesse Dubrall brutally beat an innocent Chinese foreign worker. What happened to these DPS officials? Mafnas became Commissioner of the Department of Corrections. Jesse Dubrall was hired at the Office of the Public Auditor and recently reinstated to the DPS. The victims remain victims denied of justice.
No one should forget that several DPS officials, allegedly under orders of Governor Fitial, aided and abetted former Attorney General Edward Buckingham's attempt to avoid being served a penal summons. Buckingham remains a fugitive with warrants having been issued for his arrest. None of the police officials who used federally funded vehicles and equipment to help the former AG flee and assaulted a KSPN news reporter during the incident have faced any consequences for their outrageous acts.
Unless federal officials step in no one will be safe in the CNMI.
On Thursday last week a young child was not picked up from Mount Carmel School. The incident was reported to the DYS and to the DPS. The child was taken into custody by the Department of Youth Services.
Astoundingly, no law enforcement agency went to the child's San Vicente house until days later on Saturday to discover the brutally murdered bodies of the parents. Why days later?
A school official described the parents as devoted parents and said he "knew something was not right when they did not show up" to pickup their child. Why didn't law enforcement officers immediately go to the house to investigate?
The couple was reportedly tied up with one victim strangled and the other shot. Their vehicle was located at Microl Beach.
It was reported that federal agencies, including the F.B.I., are now involved in the murders of the Chinese couple. Still, the F.B.I. was called into Emie's murder case. The DNA evidence has already been processed and still no arrest has been made. In early October 2012 former acting CNMI AG Viola Alepeyo stated that she would hold a press conference discuss what was happening with that case. She failed to keep that promise.
If the CNMI expects to attract investors or tourists, the island needs to have a local law enforcement agency that can function. It does not.