A work that lasted eight months in which the agents of the Verona mobile squad investigated in silence, with the help of recorders and video cameras, the work of five colleagues, bringing to light episodes of violence and torture that took place within the walls of the Police Headquarters. To end up under house arrest, with a measure taken at dawn, were an inspector and four agents, accused on at least seven occasions of having abused people in their custody. In the order of the investigating judge Livia Magri who orders the precautionary measures, it is emphasized that the suspects with their conduct "have betrayed their function, compressing the rights and freedoms of subjects subject to their authority, offending their very dignity as persons, creating disorder themselves and compromising public safety". Policemen who would have "committed crimes rather than prevent them" and took advantage of "the qualification held, even committing ideological forgeries in public acts with worrying ease". The five officers, the investigation says, slapped, insulted and pepper sprayed the victims. In one of the episodes cited by the investigating magistrate, two policemen would not only have beaten a person subjected to identification detention, but also forced to urinate in the room stopped, and then push him into a corner making him fall to the ground and using it "as a rag to clean the floor". In another case there is talk of an officer who allegedly slapped one of the detainees in the face so "vigorously that he lost consciousness for a few minutes". In addition to torture, the five were also charged, in various ways, with the crimes of injury, forgery, omissions of official acts, embezzlement and abuse of office. The officers involved had already been transferred to other assignments in the aftermath of the closure of the investigation activities, so for a few months, started by chance from the interception of a policeman as part of another proceeding. But other agents are also being investigated in the investigation, who allegedly witnessed the violence and did nothing. And in fact, the commissioner of Verona Roberto Massucci has ordered the removal from office of 23 other policemen who, although not directly involved in the violence, may not have prevented or in any case have not reported the abuses. Those who had to investigate did so, in any case, without making discounts to anyone. "I thank the Verona prosecutor's office for the trust placed in the police in delegating to the mobile team the investigations concerning the operators belonging to the same police headquarters - says the chief of police Vittorio Pisani -. The moral stature of our administration allows us to face this moment with the dignity and composure of always." A concept also expressed by Massucci. "It was an investigation carried out completely from within - he underlines - and lasted several months to ascertain in a clear and transparent way illegal behavior". If anything, the fact that the agents have carried out the required investigations against their colleagues confirms "trust in the women and men of the Verona police headquarters": "if someone has failed to this principle - he adds - it is right for the judiciary to evaluate it on the basis of the investigations we have developed". For the President of the Senate, Ignazio La Russa, "certainly the story of Verona is worrying: if the magistrates, albeit in the preliminary phase, have decided to start criminal proceedings, this is very worrying. I hope to be able to prove their innocence, but if not, it is right that they pay." What happened, according to the senator of the Green and Left Alliance, Ilaria Cucchi. It makes it "absolutely necessary to introduce in our legislation the identification code for police personnel and bodycams to be affixed to the helmets or uniforms of the officers".
Torture and beatings at the police headquarters, 5 policemen arrested
Highlights: Survey lasted 8 months. An inspector and four agents, accused on at least seven occasions of having abused people in their custody. In addition to torture, the five were also charged, in various ways, with the crimes of injury, forgery, omissions of official acts, embezzlement and abuse of office. It makes it "absolutely necessary to introduce in our legislation the identification code for police personnel and bodycams to be affixed to the helmets or uniforms of the officers", says senator Ilaria Cucchi.
Survey lasted 8 months. The Gip: 'They betrayed their function' (ANSA)