A Barcelona Urban Guard agent sentenced to six months in prison for mistreating a detainee

A Barcelona Urban Guard agent has been sentenced to six months in prison and two years of disqualification for beating a detainee at the police station. You will also have to pay 3,000 euros in compensation. The conviction is based on an audio recording of the events made by the detainee with his mobile.

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The events took place around 5:20 a.m. on June 30, 2016 on Unió Street, when a traffic incident occurred between the Urbana agent, who was driving his private vehicle on his way to the Rambla police station, and the victim , who was riding a bicycle. The two staged a confrontation in the street and police officers led the cyclist to the police station. There, the agent hit the man in the waiting room.

The ninth section of the Barcelona Court considers the facts to be proven and condemns the policeman for a less serious crime against moral integrity. The center for the defense of human rights Irídia has regretted that it acquits him of the crime of injuries requested by both this entity and the private prosecution and the prosecution. The entity sees the sentence as positive and necessary news but “limited” since it claimed a penalty for a crime of injury, since the forensic doctors found that the man had post-traumatic stress. He also claimed a crime of serious moral integrity, which ranges from two to four years in prison.

“You are going to pay for this” and “I bust you”

In the audios that the victim was able to record, which he published The DirectIt can be seen how the agent threatened him by saying that he was “going to pay for it.” “I’m a policeman … and I’m busting you,” the condemned agent is heard saying on more than one occasion. “You pay for this, okay?” Insists the urban guard.

Irídia has also regretted that none of the agents present and present at the scene have denounced the events “or explained the truth.” “This shows that much progress has to be made to modify the police culture of corporate silence,” they have stated from this organization. For this reason, they have called for a thorough review of the internal and external mechanisms of control, evaluation, investigation and punishment of the police forces.

On the other hand, it has considered “intolerable” that the images of the recording of the police station did not appear in the procedure. Irídia has demanded that these images, including those of the transfer vehicles, not be erased for six months, as explained by the organization’s lawyer, Andrés Garcia Berrio.

Racism problem

The entity has explained that the victim was a racialized person and has warned that 43% of the litigation cases that represent institutional violence have been committed against immigrants or racialized persons. For the organization, this shows that there is a problem of racism within the police forces.

However, Irídia has affirmed that the sentence is an exercise of reparation for the person affected, but especially great news to prevent similar actions from being repeated in the future.

Source: ElDiario.es – ElDiario.es by www.eldiario.es.

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