In a recent incident in Panama, an American lawyer finds himself in legal trouble after allegedly shooting two climate protesters participating in a demonstration that had blocked a highway.
The act, witnessed not only in the United States but also in various countries, has stirred public discontent.
Authorities have to start dealing with this or people will take the matter into their own hands, as this man just did.
Disturbing footage showed a man with gray hair and glasses casually approaching the blockade on the Pan-American Highway and waving his finger while arguing with the demonstrators — before pulling out a gun and opening fire.
Other footage showed people standing around bodies in the road in the Chame sector west of Panama City as well as the gunman being cuffed and led to a squad car.
Police later shared a photo of the suspect handcuffed to a pipe as he was identified as Kenneth Darlington, 77, a lawyer and professor who holds dual citizenship in the US and Panama, according to Newsroom Panama and Agence France-Presse.
One of the shot protesters died at the scene while the second was pronounced dead at a local hospital, AFP said.
Here’s the video, warning – graphic:
The violence came during the third week of protests over a large mining contract that allows Canada-based First Quantum Minerals to operate the region’s largest pit copper mine for at least 20 more years.
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