Rights group: Egypt's police behave like 'gang'

Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — A rights group charges Egypt's police are "acting like a gang," torturing detainees and retaliating for attacks against them.

The report released Tuesday by The Egyptian Initiative For Personal Rights charges that President Mohammed Morsi failed to reform the police during his term's first four months. Morsi took office last June 30.

The police were among the most hated bodies under deposed President Hosni Mubarak, responsible for flagrant abuses, torture and unjustified detention. Police behavior was a main spur of the 2011 uprising.

The report documents three cases of detainees tortured to death by police during the four-month period. It called police practices "systematic torture," random shooting and collective punishment.

"The police are acting like a gang taking revenge for assaults," the report said.

There was no immediate government comment.

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