One person on the ground, immobilized by four local police officers who, in order to handcuff her, hit her on the head and body with batons and sprayed her with pepper spray. There is already an internal investigation by the local Milan police to determine what happened on Wednesday morning during a particularly strong police intervention in via Castelbarco, in the Bocconi area.
The images were taken by a citizen in a building overlooking that street and are bouncing around on social media. We see a person, who later turns out to be a transgender woman of Brazilian origin, who with her hands up, she is beaten several times before being placed face down and handcuffed. From the City Council they announce that “we are doing all the checks to understand what happened and what are the responsibilities and therefore the measures to be taken against the agents involved. The Local Police is in contact with the judicial authority to activate the necessary actions by the judiciary”.
Now the Milan prosecutor’s office investigates the case: Deputy Tiziana Siciliano has opened an investigation file for aggravated injuries due to abuse of public office.
Security Councilor Marco Granelli writes: “A serious event occurred this morning against a person by some local police officers. Controls are being carried out by the Headquarters to understand what happened and evaluate possible communications to the judicial authorities and possible disciplinary measures. Meanwhile, the agents involved have been assigned to internal services. As the City Council and as the Local Police, we will bring this serious episode to light, with all the necessary and appropriate actions”.
Police baton, reconstruction of the local police mayor
Reconstruct what happened is Daniele Vincini from the Sulpl union: He explained that at 8:15 a.m. the parents of a school had called the police because the transgender woman, this is the version, was harassing the children at the entrance. Here the agents managed to get her, with great difficulty, into the car with a holding cell, where she “began to bang her head and pretended to faint. When the agents were doing the controls, she attacked them” to escape from her. And then it was blocked. “What you see is the last part of the video.”
The parents who took the children to school in the Casa del Sole complex in via Giacosa, in the north of Milan, reportedly requested the intervention of the agents, alarmed by the person who was partially naked and completely upset screaming that he had AIDS . She would also have yelled it at the agents who intervened and who, Vincini explained, managed to contain her with great difficulty. An ambulance also went to the scene, but was unable to visit her. The transgender woman was forced into the car to be taken to the central arrest and detention office of the local police in via Custodi, in the Navigli area, not far from the Bocconi university.
She, the trade unionist explained, began to bang her head and pretended to faint. And when the officers were opening the door, she gave a violent kick and came out, kicking an officer, “who has a 15-day prognosis”, to escape on foot to the place where she was detained. “The agents – Vincini stressed – were forced to use the spacer and the spray to take her away. And we are by her side, even with our lawyers if necessary.”
The victim of the beating was not arrested, but was released for resisting a public official. And the result of the first checks carried out by the Piazza Beccaria command and communicated around 4:00 p.m. to Maurizio Ascione’s turn.
Blackjack in the street by the police, Room: “Serious matter”
“It seems to me a really serious fact.” So said the mayor of Milan Beppe Sala He commented on the sidelines of the Metropolitan City Council the video that shows some local police officers blocking a person even using a baton. “It is certainly not a pretty image, on the contrary it is a serious fact. However, to formally intervene, the local police need to make a report, pending this report, the policemen in question have been placed in internal services, he added. -.Then, in view of the result of the report, two things can be done: take measures such as suspension or even file a complaint, which cannot be excluded, on our part before the judicial authority”. “Now I don’t want to say inaccurate things and I am waiting to read the report, otherwise I would risk giving a generic comment and I can’t do it,” he concluded.
The leader of the Pd group in the Region Pierfrancesco Majorino also intervenes: “The images of the woman being hit on the head by local police officers in Milan are disgusting. Whatever the context and whatever happened” before “what filmed by the citizen”.
Video of the police cheers, Ilaria Cucchi: “We will take the case to the courtroom”
“I intend to go to the end of this matter, until all the dynamics are clarified. The perpetrators of so much violence don’t think they can get away with it.” She says it herself, talking to Adnkronos, the Senator of the Verdi Sinistra Alliance Ilaria Cucchi. Commenting on the shocking video, which is circulating on the web, Cucchi announces: “We will take the case to the Chamber. The images we see are very serious and should not leave us indifferent, because using canes, especially in this way.” , is prohibited”. The sister of Stefano Cucchi -murdered in Rome on October 22, 2009 while he was in pretrial detention- increases: “Once again we are faced with terrible scenes that show once again a fury, on the part of uniformed people , against more fragile subjects”. The fact that they wear a uniform does not constitute a mitigation, but an aggravation”. For Cucchi “you shouldn’t give discounts to anyone, you have to go all the way until you clarify all the dynamics, even though they seem quite obvious to me in the video.”
“Pepper spray, beatings, kicks. Against a trans woman on the ground, defenseless, unarmed, in fact already immobilized. What happened in Milan is unacceptable. Furthermore: it is barbaric. And there is not and cannot be a ‘before’ ‘”. that makes it justifiable or, worse still, acceptable.” As Marco Furfaro of the Democratic Party on Twitter. “Those who commit crimes must be arrested, not beaten to death. Except when they are defenseless. Minister Piantedosi has a duty to intervene and punish what is, for all intents and purposes, an abuse.”
“The police attack on a trans woman in Milan, today in the Bocconi area, is unacceptable, as we can see in the images, the woman was inert and the police beat her for no reason. Minister Piantedosi an immediate verification of the facts and the immediate suspension of the agents who attacked. What happened a week after the World Day against Homobistransphobia demonstrates the urgency of a law that protects and punishes us, with aggravating circumstances, even the police forces guilty of this type of crime,” he declared. Fabrizio Marrazzo, Spokesperson for the Gay LGBT+ Party, Solidarity, Ecologist, Liberal.
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