UN-backed report finds 'police brutality' in Colombia contributed to a 'massacre' that killed 11

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(CNN)A UN-backed probe has recovered that Colombian constabulary were straight liable for the deaths of 11 radical protesting constabulary brutality successful September 2020.

Announcing the results of the study connected Monday, Chief researcher Carlos Negret accused Colombian National Police (PNC) of committing a "massacre."

"The PNC openly dismissed immoderate rule of proportionality oregon implicit necessity successful utilizing lethal force," according to the report.

    "Who gave the order, wherefore were they shooting against unarmed protesters, whose liable for the symptom and for the lives mislaid -- those are the questions we were not capable to answer," Negret said astatine a property league connected Monday.

      Negret, who served arsenic Colombia's ombudsman from 2016 to 2020, besides reiterated the UN explanation of a massacre, saying it "takes spot erstwhile 3 oregon much radical are murdered successful the aforesaid incidental and by the aforesaid perpetrator."

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      The autarkic study was commissioned by the Mayor of Bogota, Claudia Lopez, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) to analyse the deaths of astatine slightest 14 radical during anti-brutality protests that engulfed the Colombian superior connected September 9 and 10, 2020.

      The protests erupted aft footage of constabulary officers tasering instrumentality pupil Javier Ordonez -- who had been detained for allegedly breaking Covid restrictions -- went viral.

      Ordonez died a fewer hours aft helium was tasered. PNC patrol serviceman Juan Camilo Lloreda Cubillos was sentenced to 20 years successful situation and fined astir US $370,500 for his death.

      The study said that "the events of constabulary violence, maltreatment and brutality that begun successful the aboriginal hours of September 9 with the execution of Javier Ordonez astatine the hands of National Police officers triggered 1 of the astir superior episodes of quality rights violations successful the past of Bogota."

      In a connection to CNN, the PNC said that that they are "mostly funny successful having justness delivered and those liable for those events...must beryllium punished."

      "The afloat value of the instrumentality indispensable fall," it said.

      The events surrounding Ordonez's decease person drawn comparisons to the execution of George Floyd successful the United States -- a antheral who was killed by Minneapolis constabulary serviceman Derek Chauvin, and whose decease sparked an uprising against constabulary brutality and racism.

      Mayor Lopez was seen crying erstwhile the study findings were read.

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      "This study is achy for the soul, but it's a indispensable measurement to rescue and retrieve the authorities of our democracy," she said.

      It's unclear if Lopez herself volition look ineligible enactment arsenic the apical serviceman successful complaint of nationalist information successful Bogota astatine the clip of the protests.

        Earlier this year, the Inter-American Commission connected Human Rights accused Colombian information forces of utilizing "disproportionate and excessive force" connected protesters demonstrating against a bid of issues ranging from income inequality and allegations of constabulary brutality.

        The protestors were met with unit that near astatine slightest 25 radical dead. Eleven of those deaths progressive constabulary forces, according to the Colombian Interior Ministry.

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