Ecuador's Police Chief resigns after police officer uprising

Ecuador's Police Chief submitted his resignation Friday after the country's president was held captive in a Quito hospital by a disgruntled police force, the New York Times reports.

Freddy Martinez resigned Friday after Ecuador's President Rafael Correa promised to overhaul the country's police force, according to the New York Times.

Correa was held captive by police officers for more than ten hours while he was in a Quito hospital. Correa was receiving treatment after being assaulted by officers at a meeting Thursday, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune. Army and police special forces rescued Correa Thursday night from the hostage situation.

The attack and subsequent hostage situation was in reaction to a new law that would affect the salaries and benefits of the police force, according to the New York Times. Striking soldiers were all around the hospital when the president was rescued, according to the New York Times.

Martinez said he suspects that rebels who were not police officers snuck into the protest, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune.

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