QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuadorean officials are considering
possible charges against three police colonels for failing to prevent
massive protests by their subordinates that left five dead.
Gonzalo Marco Freire tells The Associated Press that the three "should
have known what their subordinates were doing."
Freire says the colonels were detained Friday night for a 24-hour period.
official with the prosecutor's office told the AP that attempted murder
is among the charges being considered against them following Thursday's
violence. The official was not authorized to release the information
and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Police were protesting
benefit cuts. President Rafael Correa said Saturday that protesters shot
at his SUV and were trying to kill him.