Colombia's defense minister apologizes over police brutality amid protests

Colombian minister issues apology after 2 days of deadly protests against police brutality

As night fell on Thursday, clashes with the police had resumed in Bogota, AFP journalists said on the spot, with gatherings re-forming during the day in several parts of the city.

An apology out of Colombia's defense ministry for police brutality failed to prevent a third night of protests on Friday, following the passing of a man in custody triggered deadly rioting in the capital and other towns.

Ordonez's death has fueled renewed outrage against the police, who were widely criticized a year ago after a teenage protester was fatally injured by a riot squad projectile.

"I'm exhausted of police abuse".

A Colombian father of two died in Bogota after police officers detained and repeatedly shocked him with a stun gun despite his pleas for them to stop, authorities said on Wednesday, igniting violent protests. He died in custody.

A further five officers have been suspended in connection with Ordonez's death, Trujillo said.

On Friday morning, Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo posted a video message saying: "The National Police apologize for ignoring any violation or rule of law committed by any of its members".

The family of 23-year-old Frankpierre Charry said he was shot by police after he was caught up in the clashes in southern Bogota.

The new unrest comes at a time of protests in the United States over racial discrimination and police abuse against Black citizens. Ordonez, later, died in the hospital where he was undergoing treatment.

Ordonez is heard repeatedly crying "please, no more" in the widely circulated footage of his arrest, taken by a friend.

"I have photographs of the way they left the sufferer". Duke said that so far around 140 people have been arrested in the case.

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Demonstrators burn tires during a protest against police brutality in Medellin, Colombia, on Thursday.

He called for an investigation so those responsible can be "brought to justice, and institutional measures taken to avoid any repetition". Most of the protests took place in Bogota but have since spread to other cities.

Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez said more than 390 civilians and police officers were injured in the capital.

In videos shared on social networks, we can see terrified people fleeing in the middle of gunfire.

At least 60 police stations have been affected by vandalism, the government said, as well as dozens of public transport vehicles.

"No one gave an order to use firearms, much less indiscriminately".

Authorities reported a total of 209 protesters wounded as well as 194 police.

According to Bogota's police chief Colonel Necton Borja, the victim "was subjected to a non-lethal weapon" before being transported to the police station where she presented "medical complications".

President Ivan Duque has said abuse of authority should not be tolerated, but the government called for Colombians not to "stigmatize" police officers and appealed for calm.

"Excessive force has always been used here", he said.

For many Colombians, the case evoked the killing in the USA in May of African American George Floyd, also 46, who suffocated after being pinned by the neck to the road under the knee of a white officer.

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