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Crowds Criticized of Shoot in Place Commands for Drug Dealers

Crowds Criticized of Shoot in Place Commands for Drug Dealers
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JAKARTA - The shooting dead in the place by police against drug dealers has drawn much criticism. A number of parties stated that they did not question the firing of the area during the time of the danger to the life of police personnel or others. Fact in the field, police often shoot drug dealers for reasons of escape. There are even for no apparent reason.

As disclosed Edo Agustian, National Coordinator of Indonesian Drugs User Network (PKNI), he became a victim of shootings by police in dozens of years ago for no apparent reason.

"I was arrested, my eyes closed, taken to a place. Then my foot was shot until my leg bone crushed. There is no resistance from me. I heard that they were ordered to shoot me," revealed Edo in Jakarta, Wednesday (20/9).

Edo said, shooting without regard to the procedures of the use of violence and firearms will actually make the image of the police weaker in the eyes of society.

"The police as a symbol of living law should be the front guard for humanistic law enforcement, rather than being a symbol of brutality," he said.

PKNI also criticized the shooting in place that is not appropriate procedures by the police in the operation of arrest suspected drug dealers.

While attending the "Ombudsman Hearing" invitation with other civil society organizations such as LBHM, HRWG, Amnesty International Indonesia and ICJR on Tuesday (19/9) at the Ombudsman's Office, PKNI submitted the collected data related to this action. From the data collected, there are 15 shootings in places that have died in some parts of Indonesia since August 2016.

The term shoot in place appears in Law No. 2/2002 on the Police as an act that is imposed on a suspect in order to protect human life and should only be enforced as the final act if another crackdown can not be done again. The procedure for using firearms has been set in the Basic Principles on the Use of Violence and Firearms by Law Enforcement Apparatus passed in the 8th UN Congress in 1990 in Havana.

"The shooting is a police action that should only be taken based on the discretion of police officers in the field if the actions of the person to be arrested are endangering lives of the police officers themselves or others," said PKNI Law Advocate, Alfiana Qisthi.

Polri said that the increasing number of drug traffickers was killed by shoot in place in 2017 up to four times compared to the previous year, influenced by the assessment of police officers. If the hazard is indicated, the police will take action against the perpetrator.

"In the framework of the public interest, to save the life of the officer and the person protected," said Deputy Inspectorate of General Supervision National Police, Inspector General Ketut Untung Yoga Ana at Ombudsman RI Office, Jakarta, Tuesday (19/9).

He asserted, police action has been in accordance with the Regulation of the Chief of Police (Perkap) No 01. There is a measurement process that is measured before the police firing at the suspect's drug scene.

"To ensure that skilled officers use weapons, we have training, so the program remains at police," Yoga explained.

If an element of violation is found in the act of prosecution of a drug suspect, Yoga guarantees the institution will conduct an investigation. Police are open to omission reports by fieldworkers.
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