The Urgent Need to Reform Colombia’s Security Policies

By Juan Pappier

Another mass killing shows the need for a greater civilian role in policing.

It happened again on Sunday: Six young Colombians killed on a sidewalk in broad daylight, in an attack that reportedly involved rifles and grenades, in the troubled department of Cauca There have been dozens of such mass killings nationwide this year, prompting worries about a new escalation of violence in the Colombian countryside Indeed, incidents of violence have regularly competed with the horror of the Covid-19 pandemic for headlines throughout 2020 The Sept 9 death of Javier Ordóñez, a lawyer, at the hands of police who repeatedly shocked him with a stun gun as he begged...

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