UN-backed report finds police brutality in Colombia killed 11 in last year’s protests

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Saying the outcomes of the report on Monday, Chief investigator Carlos Negret accused Colombian Nationwide Police (PNC) of committing a “bloodbath.”

“The PNC brazenly dismissed any precept of proportionality or absolute necessity in utilizing deadly power,” in accordance with the report.

“Who gave the order, why had been they taking pictures in opposition to unarmed protesters, whose liable for the ache and for the lives misplaced — these are the questions we weren’t in a position to reply,” Negret mentioned at a press convention on Monday.

Negret, who served as Colombia’s ombudsman from 2016 to 2020, additionally reiterated the UN definition of a bloodbath, saying it “takes place when three or extra individuals are murdered in the identical incident and by the identical perpetrator.”

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The impartial report was commissioned by the Mayor of Bogota, Claudia Lopez, and the Workplace of the UN Excessive Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) to research the deaths of at the very least 14 folks throughout anti-brutality protests that engulfed the Colombian capital on September 9 and 10, 2020.

The protests erupted after footage of law enforcement officials tasering regulation pupil Javier Ordonez — who had been detained for allegedly breaking Covid restrictions — went viral.

Ordonez died a couple of hours after he was tasered. PNC patrol officer Juan Camilo Lloreda Cubillos was sentenced to 20 years in jail and fined roughly US $370,500 for his demise.

The report mentioned that “the occasions of police violence, abuse and brutality that begun within the early hours of September 9 with the homicide of Javier Ordonez by the hands of Nationwide Cops triggered one of the severe episodes of human rights violations within the historical past of Bogota.”

In a press release to CNN, the PNC mentioned that that they’re “principally interested by having justice delivered and people liable for these occasions…should be punished.”

“The complete weight of the regulation should fall,” it mentioned.

The occasions surrounding Ordonez’s demise have drawn comparisons to the homicide of George Floyd in the US — a person who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and whose demise sparked an rebellion in opposition to police brutality and racism.

Mayor Lopez was seen crying when the report findings had been learn.

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“This report is painful for the soul, but it surely’s a needed step to rescue and recuperate the state of our democracy,” she mentioned.

It is unclear if Lopez herself will face authorized motion as the highest officer in control of public security in Bogota on the time of the protests.

Earlier this yr, the Inter-American Fee on Human Rights accused Colombian safety forces of utilizing “disproportionate and extreme power” on protesters demonstrating in opposition to a collection of points starting from revenue inequality and allegations of police brutality.

The protestors had been met with violence that left at the very least 25 folks lifeless. Eleven of these deaths concerned police forces, in accordance with the Colombian Inside Ministry.