On January 19, in the aftermath of the earthquake, inmates in Les Cayes prison rioted.Officers from the departmental riot control police (UDMO) intervened, killing 12 inmates, while 22 others escaped and scores of others were injured.The Office of the Inspector General had not received an official complaint nor opened an investigation into the matter.On December 6, unknown assailants shot and killed former inspector general of the HNP Etienne Saint Gourdin. There were no further developments in the 2009 case concerning seven individuals, including two active police officers and one former police officer, who were arrested for killing the manager of a money-exchange outlet during an armed robbery in Port-au-Prince.Residents in some areas resorted to vigilante justice.In November and December mobs attacked and killed Vodou (voodoo) practitioners accused of spreading cholera by placing contaminated powder into rivers and waterways.Allegations of fraud and irregularities raised questions regarding the preliminary tally and prompted the president and the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to request a review by the Organization of American States.The CEP subsequently announced the final first round results; since none of the candidates received a majority of the vote, a runoff election between the two leading candidates was scheduled for March 2011.
On May 27, the HNP placed Larack in preventive detention, as it reopened the chief inspector general's investigation and recommended that Frantz Dehonnet, the deputy administrator of prisons, resign.
Police statistics documented 83 vigilante incidents through the end of the year, but police made no arrests.
Observers attributed the majority of vigilante justice incidents to accusations of theft, witchcraft, or kidnapping. Disappearance There were no reports of politically motivated disappearances by government agents.
On January 21, police shot and killed Gentile Cherie for stealing rice.
Foreign journalists saw police stop two men who had taken a bag of rice that had fallen from a truck; witnesses claimed that the officers shot the men in the back and left them on the sidewalk.
Authorities charged Beaubrun and ten other officers with homicide.