GLOBAL ONE NEWS — A Philippine court has convicted three police officers involved in the killing of Kian Delos Santos.
The Caloocan City Regional Trial Court on Thursday, Nov. 29 found the police officers guilty of killing the 17-year-old in August 2017.
The officers face up to 40 years in prison without parole. They are also ordered to pay Delos Santos’ family of ₱345,000 ($17,000) in damages.
Police accused Delos Santos of being a drug runner and told the court he opened fire when he was apprehended. However, security camera footage, witness testimonies and autopsy results suggest otherwise.
Cops dragged Delos Santos into a dark alley and made him kneel before they shot him in the head.
The case, which happened at the height of the administration’s drug war, has sparked public anger.
Government data show nearly 5,000 have been killed in the drug war since it began in 2016.