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Officers implicated in police brutality in Haiti were arrested

Officers implicated in police brutality in Haiti were arrested

Port-au-Prince, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The agents involved in a case of police brutality that cost the life of a citizen were arrested and are in isolation, the leadership of the Haitian National Police confirmed.
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The video of the incident has been traveling on social networks since Sunday when the events occurred, and shows agents beating almost to death Péguy Siméon, who died a few hours later in a hospital in Ouanaminthe, a border commune with the neighboring Dominican Republic. Fritz Saint-Fort, departmental director of the National Police in the Northeast, confirmed that the officers involved had their weapons confiscated and are at the disposal of investigators.

According to preliminary information, the victim was not armed, nor did he present an imminent threat to the life of the police officers, and the instruments used included a baton not provided by the institution.

Its use will be an aggravating factor for the agents, Saint-Fort said, and indicated that there will probably be administrative and criminal sanctions.

The Citizen Protection Office described the event as regrettable and disgusting, and reminded the security forces that the human body is inviolable.

The police authorities have the mission of protecting and serving the population and must scrupulously respect the physical, moral and psychological integrity of all people, said the Human Rights organization.

Péguy Siméon, who had just been repatriated by the authorities of the Dominican Republic, was thrown off the roof of a bus by a police officer, and then beaten.

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