Nine Nicaraguan po­lice jailed in deaths of chil­dren, woman

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA — A Nicaraguan judge has sen­tenced nine po­lice of­fi­cers to be­tween two and 11 years in prison for a June shoot­ing in which two chil­dren and their aunt died. The of­fi­cers all pleaded guilty to charges roughly equiv­a­lent to neg­li­gent homi­cide and caus­ing in­juries. The shoot­ing hap­pened June 11 as po­lice staked out an in­ter­sec­tion in Managua, the cap­i­tal, af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion a drug ship­ment might pass through. Author­i­ties said the of­fi­cers be­gan shoot­ing when a fam­ily trav­el­ling in a car failed to stop be­cause they thought the masked men were thieves. A 22-year-old woman, a boy of 11 and a girl of 10 were killed.

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