Haiti Police Blame Gang Members For Killing 3 Officers


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The Haiti National Police said it was investigating the recent killing of three officers it blamed on gang members.

The agency said a gang called “Ti Makak,” which means Little Macaques, killed the officers on Tuesday in Laboule, a largely gated community just south of Port-au-Prince.

It is also the site of recent turf wars between gangs that have led to other killings in the area. Two journalists were shot and set on fire in January, and a former senator who worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and his nephew were similarly killed in August.

Police said on Wednesday they had opened an investigation into the murder of the officers, which the statement called a “heinous and repugnant” act.

Video circulating on social media appears to show the slain officers lying on the ground, stripped of their shirts, with various pistols and automatic weapons lying on their bodies.

“Here they are, here they are,” a man says as the camera pans over the bodies.

The gangs have grown stronger since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, 2021 and have overpowered the police, who are understaffed and have limited resources.

The international community has tried to help strengthen the Haitian National Police by providing training and resources over the past few months.

The increase in violence prompted police to announce on Thursday that all gun licenses were suspended, adding that security companies would take the necessary steps to comply with the new order.

ABC

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