Police detain 8 Filipino officers linked to hazing
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Police detain 8 Filipino officers linked to hazing

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say eight Philippine police officers have been detained after a video surfaced showing them hazing recruits during anti-insurgency training.

National police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero A. Cruz Jr. said Thursday that at least three more superiors of the eight officers may be relieved of their posts and investigated for the “barbaric” treatment of several recruits during a recent training.

Human rights official Byron Bocar says the video showed the officers applying liquid laced with chili pepper on the penis of each trainee, who screamed in pain. The trainees were also beaten with sticks as the officers erupted in laughter and took videos with their cellphones.

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