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Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 08:37 PM UTC

Police Officer Caught On Video Abusing Handcuffed Suspect Suspended

Crime & PunishmentPanama's Human Rights Ombudsman has asked the Attorney General Jose Ayu Prado and the Director of the National Police Julio Molto to fully investigate what really happened in the video that shows a civilian who be being assaulted while handcuffed. Eduardo Lopez, the Secretary General of the Ombudsman's office, said the institution repudiates the violence that has occurred in the province of Colon. "The main motto of the security institution in Panama is to 'Protect and Serve', the least that should be expected is that the police act professionally and not with violence," Lopez said.

Lopez also said they are waiting for them to be invited to participate in the dialog, because the because the institution functions as a negotiating body.

POLICE SUSPENDED - Given the questions of civil groups, the National Police announced that the officer involved in the video was suspended from office, to determine what kind of foul was committed, while the Directorate of Judicial Responsibility investigates the incident.

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