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Colombia: The Washington Post analyses video footage after denounces of links between civilians deaths and police officers

“Killed by police in Colombia”, 20 May 2021

...Historic protests have been held in hundreds of cities and towns in Colombia. Nearly 1 million people have taken to the streets over the past month. Dozens of deaths, including those of a police officer and 14 civilians whose killings Human Rights Watch investigators have linked to excessive police force, are putting the nation’s militarized security forces under a global microscope. A Post examination of video footage involving four of the deaths shows how Colombian police appear to have crossed a lethal line...Colombian authorities, under mounting international pressure, have detained and indicted police officers in three of the four cases The Post examined. Authorities have been most active in cases in which videos have been the clearest and most widely shared. No arrests have been made in García Guerrero’s death, nor in several others in which protesters or bystanders were killed…Three of the deaths involved live fire — a level of force Colombian police are permitted to use only when confronting an “imminent threat of death or serious injury, or to prevent a particularly serious crime that involves a serious threat to life”. A Post analysis of the footage, including some that has not previously circulated publicly, illustrates the extent to which police appear to have overstepped their rules of engagement. Colombian government officials have blamed at least some of the violence on guerrillas and criminals that they say have infiltrated the ranks of the protesters...Colombian police say they have sought to guarantee the right to “peaceful protest” while also containing violence and property damage caused by some of those involved in the unrest. They say 119 internal police investigations have been opened since the start of the protests, including nine related to homicides…

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