El Salvador police free to shoot gang members if threatened

January 21, 2015 11:07 PM

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SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador's vice president said on Wednesday that police should respond with force "without any fear of suffering consequences" if threatened by gang members, following the killing of seven officers in ambushes so far this year.

Vice President Oscar Ortiz, acting as president while President Salvador Sanchez Ceren receives medical care in Cuba, said the government endorsed the decision of the federal police director last week to authorize the new policy.

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