Police officer bursts into flames after being hit by petrol bomb during protests
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A riot police officer was hit by a petrol bomb in shocking scenes as demonstrators protested against police brutality across Colombia.
At least 10 people were killed and hundreds wounded after rioting broke out in the Colombian capital of Bogota during protests over the death of man repeatedly tasered by the cops.
While one police officer was hit by a petrol bomb in Medellin – with horrendous pics showing him bursting into flames.
The extent of his injuries are not known.
Dad-of-two Javier Humberto Ordonez was killed after being continuously shocked with a stun gun on Wednesday in Bogota.
Police said he was drinking alcohol in the streets with others in violation of Colombia's social distancing rules to halt the spread of coronavirus.
In a widely shared video, Mr Ordonez is pinned to the ground by two officers and subjected to successive electric shocks as he begs them, "Please, no more."
Mr Ordonez was then taken to a police station where his family and friends claim he was subjected to more abuse.
He later died in hospital.
Hundreds of furious protesters gathered outside the police station where he was held, some use rubbish bins, rocks and sticks to batter the windows.
The station and a police vehicle were graffitied and a motorcycle burned. Two police stations were set on fire and three others attacked in different areas of Bogota.
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There were also violent uprisings in other cities including Medellin, Ibague and Pereira.
Mayor Lopez wrote on Twitter: "We'll offer Javier's family legal assistance so there is a conviction not only of those directly responsible, but also to see structural reform that prevents and punishes police brutality."
More than 60 people suffered gun-related injuries in the protests.
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The family of Mr Ordonez called for "peaceful protest" as they called for "police reform".
Former sister-in-law Eliana Marcela Garzon said: "He was murdered by the police officers.
"We don't want (deaths) in a country already full of conflict, we want justice. "
Two officers have been relieved of their duties while investigations take place according to the authorities.
Colombian President Ivan Duque said: "There can be no tolerance for abuse of uniform or of authority.
Police involvement in civilian deaths in Colombia is infrequent but not unheard of.
Teenager Dilan Cruz died last November during mass protests after being hit by a police projectile and members of the trans community regularly accuse police of violence.
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