The most important focus of this project is the impunity in the murders that occur in Ecuador. The increase in murders, the lack of resources and the criminal records of the victims are variables to consider, since the Police say that they are “settling accounts” in a gang war, while the Prosecutor’s Office says that people do not report, that there is a deficit of prosecutors and a lack of of technology. The proven result is that a small part of the murders end up being solved.
After this report, the Prosecutor’s Office admitted that there was a deficit of prosecutors and the Police Commander, Tannya Varela, announced in January 2022 that they would send 200 more police officers to Guayaquil exclusively to investigate the crimes and thus not go unpunished. Personally, I believe that people also began to demand results on social media, remembering murders that have gone months without any progress.
I used CSV files, Google Sheets, and Excel, as well as Flourish to visualize the data. For the video I used Adobe Premiere and Youtube and for the audio interview I used Soundcloud. I crossed the databases of the Police with those of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Judicial Council.
What was the hardest part of this project?
The new Government of Ecuador declared a state of emergency after the murder of an 11-year-old boy in an ice cream parlor, and that caused, as always, more operations with police and military in the streets. However, the problem of violence in this country also increases with impunity and the slow pace of justice. It was relatively simple to know the death toll, but it took three weeks to obtain data on the resolution of the cases in the Police and the Prosecutor’s Office.
What can others learn from this project?
To challenge the official narrative. Every day we hear the government say that those who are killed were criminals, and that what is happening is a gang war. That the Police do not solve most of the crimes implies that the system has failed and that there is a parallel justice in the streets.