“A high energy blunt abdominal trauma caused the right kidney to burst, causing severe bleeding in the abdominal cavity, leading to death,” says the coroner’s report.
The 46 year old unarmed law student, father of two and taxi driver was killed by police just steps outside of his apartment complex two weeks ago after police stopped him for consuming alcohol in public in violation of city ordinances and COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions. Friends recorded the police action in horror on mobile phones while begging the police to stop, but they didn’t and carried Javier Ordoñez off where he later died. The next day, massive protests broke out across Colombia, lasting several days.
Beyond the burst kidney, Ordoñez’s corpse shows additional signs of brutality and torture; puncture wounds as if Ordoñez had been stabbed with something, and lesions and burns from the multiple taser shots the police fired at him after he had been wrestled to the ground,.
Ordoñez had bruises on his wrists, apparently from immobilization, says the report, and multiple injuries to the right thorax as would be produced by a cane, rod or stick: most likely the “bolillo,” or police baton used in Colombia.
Above photo (Twitter): Colombian police paint over a mural of Julieth Ramirez, who was killed by a police gunfire while protesting the death of Javiér Ordoñez.
Perhaps most surprising is that there appears to be a bullet wound in Ordoñez’s right leg, but he was not shot at the scene of his arrest, raising the question of whether he was shot once in custody. He has been hauled off by the police who gave his friends and other witnesses false directions with regard to which police station he was being taken to. Had he been shot, it would be after he was already in police custody.
Beyond the litany of injuries already mentioned, Ordoñez had nine skull and facial fractures, injuries to his ribs, and a ruptured liver. Blood tests indicated that Ordoñez was legally intoxicated with alcohol but had no illegal drugs of any kind in his system.
The CTI, which is Colombia’s version of the FBI—investigative police reporting to the attorney general, have in their possession two video recordings that took place inside the CAI, or miniature neighborhood police station, and they indicate that Ordoñez was certainly tortured beyond what took place on the street and in view of witnesses.
Generally police cases would be tried by military courts, as the Colombian national police are under the Defense Ministry. This case however has been sent to the attorney general’s office, as the acts perpetrated upon Mr. Ordoñez by the police were considered beyond those involved in carrying out the duties of a police officer.
“Due to the seriousness of the damage evidenced and due to the competence (jurisdiction), today I have appointed a specialized prosecutor for human rights to bring those responsible to justice, with speed and due diligence,” said prosecutor Francisco Barbosa, Colombia’s attorney general.
The two patrol officers, Juan Camilo Lloreda, who can be seen in the video tasering Ordoñez after he is already on the ground, and Harby Rodriguez, who can be seen holding Ordoñez, have already been arrested. Prosecutors, based on evidence indicating what took place in the CAI, have issued five more arrest warrants, seeming to suggest that additional abuse took place by other officers once Ordoñez was in custody.
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The police it’s abusing of it power and it’s killing all people, there has been around 50 massacres this year with more than 200 victims, on Mondays night a man called Javier Ordóñez was killed by the police, he was a lawyer and had a family. They gave him 10+ electric shocks. pic.twitter.com/EPRRroJg2e
— COLOMBIAN LIVES MATTER 🇨🇴 (@lonelyssussy) September 10, 2020