La Rioja Governor Sergio Casas announced his decision of firing the province’s Police Chief Luis Páiz and the province’s Security Secretary, Luis Angulo, following the death of 19-year-old Emanuel Garay, a result of an extreme training session for police academy cadets that took place last week.
Along with 12 other fellow trainees, Garay was hospitalized with severe dehydration, from which he never recovered.
— Sergio Casas (@SergioGCasas) February 10, 2018
“I want to assure you all that I will do the impossible to get to the bottom of this and find those responsible, because no one can take the life of a young man who has his whole life ahead of him, and especially one who dreams of serving his community. Emanuel didn’t deserve this, and I say it with deep sorrow and frustration. I am committed to see the implementation of necessary changes in our province’s training methods for cadets,” reads a passage of a message Casas posted on Twitter.
The governor also announced the closing of the academy for 30 days, and said that his administration had also pressed criminal charges against its authorities. Provincial Judge Mario Martínez decided to detain all of them.
Garay’s family lawyer José Nicolás Azcurra argued the that provincial government is “responsible” for the young man’s death, as well as for what happened to the other cadets.
“We will be plaintiffs in the case, we will request a thorough investigation be conducted to find out what really happened and determine both the civil and criminal responsibilities that need to be assigned,” he said.