An apology out of Colombia’s defense ministry for police brutality failed to prevent a third night of protests on Friday, following the passing of a man in custody triggered deadly rioting in the capital and other towns.
At least 13 people were killed and over 400 injured during prevalent spikes on Wednesday and Thursday nights following a video published on social media revealed Javier Ordonez being tasered by police in a road arrest. He died in custody.
For most Colombians, it ha evoked the killing at the USA in May of African American George Floyd, who sought after being trapped from the neck into the street below the knee using a white officer.
“We’re marching over the misuse of the police force since they are not well trained. Since their deadly weapons are deadly,” protester Yuri Camargo explained.
The student lost her attention when riot police fired a rubber bullet in her 2019.
Defence Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo on Friday voiced his”pain and indignation” on the passing of Ordonez, an engineer and father of two in his 40s who had been studying to be a lawyer.
“The federal police exemption for any breach of this law enforcement or ignorance of regulations incurred by some of those members of this establishment,” said Trujillo, the minister with the responsibility to law enforcement.
However, this wasn’t sufficient to calm younger crowds of demonstrators, who clashed sporadically with authorities since they protested once again in the capital Friday in addition to in Medellin and other towns.
“What is an apology value once you get shot in the back,” raged a 26-year-old instructor, who didn’t need to disclose his identity for fear of reprisals, in Bogota.
Some 2,000 military and police have been called in to reinforce safety in the funding.
An attorney for the victim’s family maintained Ordonez had died after being brutally beaten in a police station, after the recurrent taser shocks.
Ordonez is observed repeatedly yelling”please, no longer” from the widely scattered footage of his arrest, shot by a friend.
“I have photographs of the way they left the sufferer. Javier was massacred – that the offense of aggravated homicide and also the offense of torture was dedicated,” attorney Vadith Gomez informed Bogota’s Radio Blu.
Ordonez’s family said he’d gone out to get alcohol when he had been detained.
Police have started an internal investigation against two uniformed officers” to the alleged offense of misuse of authority and homicide,” the defense ministry said.
Trujillo told the news conference that five additional police officers were suspended from duty.
He called for an investigation so those responsible could be”brought to justice, and institutional steps required to prevent any repetition.”