General Óscar Atehortúa, director of the National Police, spoke with Noticias Caracol about the marches that are planned for next week and the actions taken by the institution due to complaints against patrols during the demonstrations that took place recently.
The senior official reminded the people who go out to march that the country is still under the threat of COVID-19, so asked that there be “no crowds of more than 50 people.”
Likewise, it pointed out that, as established by the institution, “those who accompany the marches and peaceful demonstrations may not carry weapons, they may not have firearms,” for that reason he requested the “control entities accompanying the National Police to verify compliance with the protocols ”.
And he stressed when a policeman must use a firearm: “in self-defense, in defense of third parties, in the face of imminent danger of death, when conditions exceed the human capacity of public servants ”.
Regarding the complaints made against some patrollers during the last demonstrations, which left 10 dead in Bogotá and hundreds injured, General Atehortúa explained that “77 disciplinary investigations were opened, 67 of them in Bogotá, including 101 police investigated, 10 have been suspended because apparently they exceeded the norms and had excesses in their actions ”.
The director of the Police, in addition, again apologized on behalf of the institution for the murder of Javier Ordonez.
When talking about patrol boats Harby Damián Rodríguez and Juan Camilo LloredaHe trusted that “there is divine and human justice and through the competent authorities it is established what responsibility they have in these events.”
Regarding the marches that would take place this week, the governor of Cundinamarca, Nicolás García, announced a curfew for minors from Monday at 5:00 p.m. to Tuesday at 6:00 a.m., as well as a restriction of barbecues in all jurisdiction.