Police apologize for abuses committed by soldiers in Colombia

The director of the Colombian Police, General Jorge Luis Vargas, in a file photograph. EFE

The director of the Colombian Police, General Jorge Luis Vargas, apologized this Wednesday for the abuses committed by the uniformed men a year after the death of Javier Ordóñez, who died after being brutally subjected by two patrolmen, which sparked violent protests that left 13 dead.

«La Policía Nacional hoy y siempre va a lamentar, a pedirle disculpas, perdón, a las personas que han sido víctimas de cualquier hecho en que un policía, de manera comprobada y con todo el debido proceso, ha cometido un acto contrario a la ley», expresó el oficial en una conferencia de prensa.

According to the EFE agency, members of the Police are pointed out for the death of 13 people by shooting in Bogotá and the neighboring town of Soacha on September 9 and 10, 2020 during violent demonstrations unleashed after the murder of Ordóñez, who was a student of Law.

«Lamentamos profundamente la muerte, como lo indicó ese día el director general encargado, mi general (Gustavo) Moreno, de Javier Ordóñez», afirmó hoy Vargas, que agregó: «un saludo respetuoso a su familia, de condolencia y disculpas».

Between September 9 and 10, 2020, during the violent demonstrations, 72 Immediate Action Commands (CAI) of the Police were the target of vandalism and of these 33 were set on fire, and there were also hundreds of injuries among civilians and members of the the public force.

 

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