Police brutality in Linares, Spain – Two agents of the National Police, one of them the deputy inspector of the Linares police station, have been arrested in the town of Jaén, accused of an assault, when they were off duty, on a man and his 14-year-old daughter on the terrace of a Pub.
Si nadie hubiera grabado la brutal paliza que propinan estos dos policías nacionales de Linares de paisano, posiblemente ese padre y su hija estarían detenidos por atentado agente de la autoridad. pic.twitter.com/jjqZhGEFcj
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Police brutality in Linares, Spain
The two agents, who this Saturday have passed to the disposition of the Court of Instruction number 3 of the city, are being investigated after the dissemination of several videos on social networks where they are seen beating the man and the teenager after a strong discussion on a terrace. In one of the recordings, it is clearly appreciated how the confrontation is resumed before the screams of the minor.
Hundreds of neighbors have gathered around the courts to protest the actions of the agents. The concentration has ended with fierce fights and with the arrest of 13 people, two of them minors, and 19 injured officers. During the events, personal injuries were caused to an unknown number of people due to clashes with riot police. In addition, a local police vehicle has been destroyed and containers have been burned. The Provincial Police Commissioner of Jaén and the Chief of Operations took charge of the operation to try to control the situation.
The event that led to the arrest of the agents took place around seven in the afternoon on Friday in the central Espronceda street of the town. The assaulted man, who is admitted to the San Agustín Hospital, has a broken nose, a wound in an eyebrow that has required several stitches and a fissure in the cornea. The minor was also injured when trying to separate one of the agents who appears in the broadcast videos, attacking her father. The youngest has an inflamed eye and a fissure in a bone in her forearm.
The City Council of Linares, like all municipal political groups, have condemned the events and have asked for action to be taken with “forcefulness” against an attitude that, they say, “dirties the image of a body that has always ensured the safety of the people of Linar ”. “Let’s hope that the disciplinary measures and of any other nature that are necessary are taken so that the aggressors cannot return to commit a violent act like the one that happened,” they added. They also show their support and solidarity to the two people, residents of Linares, who have been victims of the attack.
Agents from the Jaén police station, including the head of the UDEF, traveled to Linares on Friday night to instruct the police report. A disciplinary file has been opened for the two detained officers, in which the corresponding penalties will be determined. In addition, their weapon and badge have been removed. The General Police Directorate (DGP) has shown its condemnation for the events that occurred and for the attitude of these two policemen “who do not represent the daily work of public service of the men and women of the National Police,” says a statement. . “We will collaborate to the maximum with the Court in all the proceedings that are carried out to clarify the responsibilities”, he adds.
The police report has included the recordings of witnesses to the attack and which, when disseminated on social networks, provoked a cascade of indignation and condemnation. In one of those videos, one of the detained agents acknowledged responsibility for the attacks. “He has looked for my mouth and he has looked for it”, he affirms about the assault on the man and justifies the blows to the minor “because she has gone where she did not have to go.”
With information from agencies