Police given license to kill in Jakarta to combat street crime
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Police deployed on Tuesday night 1,000 personnel to combat street crimes in the capital.
Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said the operation would last until Aug. 3, while the personnel were divided into 16 teams —13 of which comprised personnel from police precincts, while the remaining three teams were from the Jakarta Police.
“If there is resistance [from the muggers and thieves], our chief has ordered us to act firmly and quickly [to shoot], it is not negotiable.” Argo said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.
The capital has recorded an increase in robberies. Jakarta Police received four reports of muggings on Monday in the Sudirman area and Tosari in Central Jakarta.
The Public Works and Housing Ministry’s construction director general, Syarief Burhanudin, reported a case in Kota Tua, West Jakarta, on Sunday.
Also on Sunday, a 37-year-old app-based motorcycle taxi passenger was killed during a robbery in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta. (acr)
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