April 2023

Chilean rights groups condemn ‘quick trigger’ law

In wake of killings, new legislation gives police more protections – but critics say it could lead to abuse of force.

Santiago, Chile – Just blocks from Santiago’s busy Avenida Matta, dozens of people gathered silently outside the 4th police precinct this past weekend, lighting candles in tribute to Corporal Daniel Palma.

Shot in the head last week while conducting a check on a suspicious vehicle, Palma was the third police officer to be killed in Chile in the past month, stunning a country already grappling with an uptick in violent crime.

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