The Colombian public prosecutor’s office this Wednesday hired a sergeant major of the Ibagué Metropolitan Police for his responsibility for the death of a young man during the demonstrations on the 1st as part of the protests that have been going on in several other regions for more than a month.
Attorney General Francisco Barbosa said the police officer was being charged with “a murderous crime” because “he fired his gun in the middle of the demonstrations that were taking place in an industrial park in. took place the capital of the department of Tolima “, Ibagué, which caused the death of 19-year-old Santiago Murillo Meneses.
The evidence gathered “shows that the uniformed man acted disproportionately and contrary to the protocols used to control these situations,” according to a video posted on the Colombian Prosecutor’s Twitter account.
“It is important to say that this person was released by a military criminal judge last weekend. In this case, prosecutors brought a conflict of jurisdiction to a guarantee judge who allowed him to certify copies.” Military judges will be criminally investigated, “he said.
According to the prosecutor, the boy, who did not take part in the protests, was hit by one of the projectiles on the way home.
Meneses is one of 51 deaths recorded since the protests began in late April, according to prosecutors. The NGO Temblores and the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz) also value 70 people who were injured by firearms during the marches.
The work of the Colombian public forces has been called into question again in recent weeks, particularly due to the police violence of the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD). A few days ago, the military criminal justice system announced that it had opened an investigation into at least seven agents who allowed civilians to shoot protesters during a protest in Cali.
In light of this situation, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) landed in Colombia this week to find out what is happening on the ground, having already held talks with the government and its authorities, as well as with civil society.
Meanwhile, the National Unemployment Commission called a new march in Bogotá this Wednesday after the government refused to sign the tentative agreements on a number of civil guarantees at the protests.