SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Amnesty International is demanding comprehensive reform within the Dominican Republic's police department after the fatal shooting of a medical student during a protest.
The human rights group also accuses Dominican police of throwing tear gas while people tried to help the victim, 22-year-old Willy Florian.
Florian was shot Thursday as dozens of students protested a tax increase and clashed with police, but he was not one of the protesters. A police officer and a government worker also not participating in the protest were injured.
Authorities say they have video of one protester firing a weapon at police.
The police department has appointed a commission to investigate the shooting. Police chief Jose Armando Polanco on Friday blamed the commander in charge during the protest.