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Colombia: 58 Officers Under Investigation for Police Brutality

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Colombia: 58 Officers Under Investigation for Police Brutality

So far, 14 civilians died and 403 people were injured due to actions directly related to the police.

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Colombia’s authorities Monday announced that 58 police officers are under investigation for allegedly shooting protesters during the anti-police brutality demonstrations that have shaken Bogota over the past week.

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After the analysis of at least 50 videos, 58 officers were identified as having abusive behavior during the protests that followed lawyer Javier Ordoñez’s murder

The uniformed officers “accepted having shot to the crowd or having lost ammunition during the protests,” National Police’s director Gustavo Moreno said

Regarding Ordoñez’s murder, seven officers are being prosecuted for “acting brutally and outside of the protocol. The violent acts will not go unpunished,” Defense Minister Carlos Holmes added

A man stands behind a burning barricade during the fifth straight day of protests against police brutality in Bogotá, Colombia

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Pixiedust (@PixiedustJtT) September 15, 2020 Ordoñez died from several traumatisms caused by blunt weapons during a police arrest. His body had nine skull fractures and rib injuries

During the protests in Bogota and the Soacha municipality, in Cundinamarca Department, 13 civilians died and 403 people were injured

This Saturday, victim number 14 was registered. Cristian Rodriguez, 19, was killed by an unknown person amid a demonstration. A man approached Rodriguez and shot him in the head without saying a word