Shocking moment when two passengers are brutally attacked at Colombian airport: Customs officer punched and kicked travelers – as officials launch probe
- A Colombian migration agent, whose name has not been released, was caught on camera assaulting a passenger at Bogotá’s El Dorado International Airport
- The incident took place on Thursday morning after two passengers had a conversation with a customs officer
- At one point, the officer punched and kicked Juan Camarillo and nearly hit another, identified as Sandra Barba who was recording the incident.
- Colombia Migration announced on Thursday afternoon that the incident is being investigated
This is the bizarre moment when a customs officer kicked and punched a passenger and nearly punched another at an airport in Colombia.
The disturbing incident took place Thursday morning at Bogotá’s El Dorado International Airport, according to Sandra Barba, who was nearly shot after a heated argument between the officer and the assaulted passenger, Juan Camarillo.
Footage recorded by Barba on her Twitter account captures the moment when she said to the male Colombian migration agent, “What is this lack of (respect)” after he kicked Juan Camarillo.
Another officer tries to calm down his colleague and pushes him away.
Sandra Barba was nearly beaten by a Colombian migration agent at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá on Thursday. Barba recorded an incident during a conversation between her, a male passenger and a customs officer when the officer punched and kicked the male passenger and then nearly hit her
A Colombia Migration agent is pushed away after assaulting a passenger at a Bogotá airport on Sunday
However, the immigration officer tried to smack Barba’s phone away and told her, “Don’t pick me up.”
A female customs officer then approached Barba and attempted to block the view of her mobile phone’s camera and instructed her to relax.
Camarillo took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the customs officer after he arrived in Colombia to visit his friends and family.
“I am 32 years old, 30 of which I have studied. I thought I was going to be famous for being a good engineer, but it turns out I got famous because of a caveman from @MigrationCol who attacked me,” he wrote. “The great thing is that everything was captured on video and I never attacked the man.
A passenger reacts Thursday at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá after being punched and kicked by a customs officer
A Colombian migration agent tries to stop Sandra Barba from filming after another customs officer nearly ran over her
In a separate video obtained Colombian online news outlet RCN noticesBarba said she and the male passenger had just arrived on a flight from Brazil when they approached a customs officer before getting on the phone to get their passports stamped for entry.
“That’s when the assailant arrives and punches the man in the face,” she said.
The border control agency said in a statement that the incident is under investigation.
“Migration Colombia rejects the behavior of one of its officials at El Dorado airport and emphasizes that it is not allowed under any circumstances,” the agency said. “The investigation is conducted in accordance with the (law).”