5 Guatemalan soldiers detained following abuse video

AP News
Posted: Aug 06, 2015 4:25 PM

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Police in Guatemala have detained five soldiers on abuse of authority charges after a video circulated on social media showing them beating two teenagers.

Police spokeswoman Julia Barrera says the soldiers were detained Thursday on charges that included mistreatment of minors.

The army filed a complaint about the incident after the video surfaced. In the video, uniformed soldiers with rifles punch, slap, kick and knee two boys against a wall.

The incident occurred July 26 in the township of San Pedro Yepocapa in the department of Chimaltenango about 55 miles (88 kilometers) northwest of the capital.

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Army spokesman Hugo Rodriguez has said an army patrol received a report from neighbors that day saying the teens were drinking and assaulting people and also accusing them of extortions and killings.