During student protest held in Santiago on May 13, 2013, Chilean crowd control police in full riot gear beat 17 year old student and president of his high school’s student association Pedro Aguilera unconscious. Human rights groups including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) condemned the disproportionate use of excessive force and spoke out against the apparent police brutality.
Even though the beating took place on May 13, the outrage was not sparked until yesterday – after the video showing the violent arrest by Carabineros was leaked. I have stated it so many times before and stand by it – use the fact that you have a camera in your pocket and always videotape police. Because in this case, as with so many other cases – if there was no video, did it even happen? Police will not protect you from themselves. We must protect each other from them. Police do not serve and protect the citizens. They serve and protect the system. They will always and only put their own interest or interests of those who command them before you and your interests. Always keep that in mind.
Video that shows the alleged beating and violent arrest of 17 year old Pedro Aguilera by Carabineros in Santiago, Chile is below:
Different video of the same beating: