Once again, the internet forces an institution to take responsibility for their actions. I don’t care what particular political persuasion you profess, there is simply no justification, in a so-called democratic state, for this kind of police behavior. Here’s a breakdown and a translation of the Spanish voice-over.
If it weren’t for our current access to digital channels and our power to divulge the public witnessing of these outrages, probably more of these incidents would go un-addressed and unpunished. So, again, thank providence for the interwebs!
The recent incidents occurred this summer in Madrid, a sample of which you are about to see here, made the Spanish national police corp finally (but not after some time denying the gravity of the events) open an official investigation.
See for yourselves.
Video 1 shows cops in anti-riot gear, roaming the streets like a bunch of thugs, in search of a young lady that has yelled at them accusing them of being violent. After finding her:
- a police agent walks up to her and punches her in the face (time code 1:29)
- her male companion tries to protect her by carrying her away but they are both beaten by various other cops as they are leaving the scene (tc: 1:36 to 1:46)
- A young passer-by that is capturing it all on his camera receives a vicious blow to the back of the neck (tc: 1:59) that makes him lose consciousness for a brief spell and then has him disoriented and shaking for the reminder of the footage, which is captured by another passer by that eventually catches up to him and questions him (tc: 2:17)
Video 2 also showing cops beating on young girls unprovoked. Sorry that it’s not embedded but this feature was not enabled in the original site.
- Peaceful demonstrators are walking away from Madrid main square but, apparently, not fast enough for the anti-riot guards who beat them like cattle in an attempt to make them run (tc: 00:09)
- a kid with a bicycle tries to protect a group of petite female friends by standing in front of them and seems to have achieved his goal (tc 00:17)
- as the group is leaving, one cop takes advantage of the kid being distracted, to run around him (tc00:29), and viciously beat on two of the frightened girls (tc 00:33) the kid quickly covers them again and bravely receives strong blows from the cops but continues to walk calmly despite the strikes, refusing to run (tc 00:40).
These are just two of many videos showcasing this outrageous behavior from law enforcement in Spain. The Police have finally opened an official investigation but there is really no argument for this bullying and disrespect to the very people they should be protecting and serving.