Kontras records 643 cases of assault by police over course of year

The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has recorded that, from June 2018 to May 2019, the National Police carried out hundreds of acts of violence under the shield of its "discretion rights".

In a thread of tweets on National Police Day on July 1, Kontras mentioned that it recorded 643 cases of assault carried out by on-duty police officers.

Kontras coordinator Yati Adriyani said on Monday as quoted by tempo.co that the alleged incidents resulted in 651 deaths, 247 injuries and 856 arrests. "We got the number based on reports from civilians as part of our participation to improve the police's accountability in carrying out their duties," she said.

According to Kontras, discretion rights allow police officers to commit acts based on their own judgment in any given situation.


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