Peru launches probe into alleged rogue police killings of civilians

LIMA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Officials in Peru are investigating at least 18 police officers accused of carrying out illegal killings of civilians they said were dangerous criminals in order to secure promotions.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Peru’s Deputy Public Order Minister Ruben Vargas said there are “strong indications” the group of alleged rogue officers — including a general — could be behind the deaths of at least 20 civilians since 2012.

The killings occurred in at least six police stations in Lima, Chiclayo and Chincha Alta. Vargas said at least 11 of the 20 people known to have been killed did not have criminal records. The officers are accused of falsifying reports to fit their stories related to the killings.

Peru’s Interior Ministry released a video of the press conference Vargas held in the Spanish language. The names of the accused were not revealed.

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