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Jakarta Post

Police violence is a big poser for next chief, says rights group

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 11, 2021   /  08:00 pm
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A protester runs toward police officers who stand guard on motorcycles during a clash in Jakarta on Oct. 13, 2020. A series of protests took place across the country following the House of Representatives’ decision to pass the jobs creation bill into law on Oct. 5, 2020.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

With the next National Police chief soon to be appointed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, experts expect that clearing up unsolved cases of alleged excess violence by police personnel in the past year will be a critical test for the new leadership. Rights group the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) recently released a report on patterns of police violence, both verbal and nonverbal, in the form of policies or live implementation in the field. Kontras described the situation as an institutional paradox, whereby the police had a major role as human rights defenders, but their privilege often resulted in a monopoly or abuse of elements of authority and power. “There has been no will to investigate or impose sanctions on police officers who have committed violence. The next police chief must pay special attention to this,” Kon...