Colombia: 2 days of protests depart 10 useless, over 400 injured

Bogota, September 11

Two days of protests in Colombia over the demise of a person in police custody have left 10 folks useless and over 400 injured, authorities stated Friday.

The violence rocking Bogota following Javier Ordonez’s demise spilled right into a second evening of smaller protests and clashes with police.

The Defence Ministry reported 10 folks useless, 209 civilians injured and 194 officers harm. Dozens of metropolis buses have been vandalised, together with 13 set ablaze. Sixty police precincts have additionally been broken throughout the unrest.

As the town emerged from the violence, Defense Minister Carlos Trujillo Holmes supplied an apology on behalf of the police for any unlawful acts dedicated throughout the Ordonez’s detention early Wednesday morning.

He stated a disciplinary listening to has been ordered to find out whether or not officers dedicated murder and abuse of authority. The chief prosecutor’s workplace will decide if prison prices are filed.

Seven officers have been suspended because the probe advances.

“The National Police ask for forgiveness,” he stated.

The violence erupted after Ordonez died early Wednesday following a confrontation caught on video by witnesses exhibiting two officers pinning him down and tasering him whereas he begged them to cease. He was taken to a police precinct and later a hospital, the place authorities say he arrived with out very important indicators.

The incident sparked a wave of anger over extreme use of power by the police. It comes concurrently huge protests over racial discrimination and police abuse in opposition to Black residents within the United States. — AP


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