November 29, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
The director of Haiti’s National Police Academy was shot and killed at the doors of a police training facility in a gang-controlled neighbourhood in the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince Friday night, November 24.
The killing of Harington Rigaud is just the latest in a number of attacks against law enforcement, including the killings of police officers and attacks on official buildings. It also comes as Haitian and international authorities grapple with how to control rampant gang violence in the Caribbean nation.
Video circulating on social media shows Rigaud’s bloody dead body stretched out on the ground. Later in the evening, police spokesman Garry Desrosiers was unable to confirm immediately who killed him, not out of the norm in Port-au-Prince, where gangs are estimated to control 60% of the city.
The country’s crisis has deepened following the 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, which thrust the country into chaos.