Death of four police officers in Haiti spark FreeHaiti hashtag on social media

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Haiti Men ride a motorcycle past a burning barricade during a protest to demand the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Multiple police officers in Haiti were killed and seriously wounded on Friday during an antigang operation in the country’s capital Friday, according to Voice of America.  

Videos of some of the beatings spread on social media, sparking outrage.  

The United Nations condemned the actions against the officers and is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, The Miami Herald reported.  

In a deleterious security context, it is imperative that the circumstances surrounding the tragic events of March 12 be clarified and that the perpetrators of this killing be arrested, prosecuted and brought to justice. The same is true for all serious crimes committed in the country,” The U.N. said in a statement, according to the Miami Herald.   

The violence led to the #FreeHaiti hashtag trending on social media from Haitians and others wanting answers to how the officers were ambushed in Village de Dieu, Village of God.  

“Those who support the police and are sickened by the publicity around the bodies of dead officers,” national police Director Leon Charles told VOA News.