Police agencies get warnings on use of excessive force

The Sala IV constitutional court has issued a warning to both the Fuerza Pública and the Judicial Investigating Organization in cases that are considered use of excessive force.

In summaries provided by the Poder Judicial, the court considered a case in which judicial agents were accused of using excessive force on a prisoner. The prisoner, who was not named, accused agents of brutally attacking him. The court said that a medical report showed the use of excessive force.

The Fuerza Pública case involved two Liceo de Moravia students who said they were abused physically and verbally. Despite the fact that the youths were held for drug use in a public street and resisted officers, the court said that officers infringed on their fundamental rights.

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