Police officer cries after being sentenced to prison for defending himself from a criminal

Pedro Marrero
Jan 23, 2019
04:23 A.M.

In this world, we can be witnesses of the greatest injustices, but we always keep the hope that the laws fulfill their purpose and the guilty pay for what they have done.


However, we never expect that the magistrates themselves will take the side of the criminals and those who protect the civilians in their fulfillment of duty, end up behind bars.

As the recent controversial sentence that has had to face the non-commissioned Elvis Miranda Rojas, after having killed a criminal while defending himself in self-defense.

The events happened in the city of Piura, Peru. The local media revealed that the non-commissioned officer was alerted last Sunday of an assault on a passerby by three men, so he went to pursue them in his patrol. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa


The 3 offenders had criminal records and in the middle of the persecution, one of them pointed Miranda with a gun. As dictated by the rules, shot 3 times in the air and seeing that they did not make a gesture to surrender, had to react as a legitimate defense.

But local people appeared, who came to protect the criminals, and suddenly the weapon of the wounded offender disappeared, which finally lost his life in the hospital. He has been identified as Juan Carlos Ramírez Chocán.


As a result, the other assailant escaped and a third was arrested by the police but was later released.

Incredibly, even though Miranda defended himself and fulfilled his duty, he was accused of the alleged crime of abuse of authority, since it could not be proven that the criminal carried a weapon, and therefore would be in a situation of inferiority compared to police.

Elvis Miranda faces preventive detention of 7 months and a half, before the indignation of the community. The 24-year-old policeman will be transferred to the prison in Piura, where, according to relatives and friends, has received death threats through social media.


Faced with the decision of the judge, in addition to the presence of 5 prosecutors supporting the motion, hundreds of people took to the streets to demand justice.

As revealed by the local media, the family of the deceased criminal would also have been indignant on his part and would have exerted pressure on the prosecutor's office of Castilla and threatened the relatives of sub-officer Miranda.

Finally, Judge Sosa gave an opinion to the sentence of preventive detention for Elvis Miranda at the request of the prosecutor Castilla.


This sad case reminds us of the story of Soka; the dog of a homeless man who was killed by an Urban Guard because the animal did not want them to approach the man who was injured.

The homeless man, after witnessing the scene, tried to assault the policeman, which resulted in his arrest for assault on the authority. Great rejection generated the guard's way of acting and thousands of people in the city took to the streets as a way to protest this calamity.

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