Rights group condemns killing of Dominican student

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Amnesty International is demanding comprehensive reform within the Dominican Republic's police department after the fatal shooting of a medical student during a protest. 

The human rights group also accuses Dominican police of throwing tear gas while people tried to help the victim, 22-year-old Willy Florian. 

Florian was shot Thursday as dozens of students protested a tax increase and clashed with police, but he was not one of the protesters. A police officer and a government worker also not participating in the protest were injured. 

Authorities say they have video of one protester firing a weapon at police. 

The police department has appointed a commission to investigate the shooting. Police chief Jose Armando Polanco on Friday blamed the commander in charge during the protest.

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