Police in Arrecife accused of excessive brutality during arrest

CREDIT: Twitter video / Screenshot

TWO Local Police officers in Arrecife, Lanzarote, are under investigation for an alleged case of police brutality.

The images of the attack were recorded and shared on social media.

The 30-second video shows the two officers immobilising a suspect on the ground while two people film the situation. One of the officers then hits the woman who is recording the arrest and her mobile phone goes flying.

The other person then stands up to the police officer and the response results in a fight.

During the fight, the woman trips and falls down, after which she is pushed by the officer.

The other officer, who was immobilising the suspect, then hits one of the two people who falls to the ground.

According to local Spanish daily Cronicas de Lanzarote, before the images were filmed, the people involved had fled a police checkpoint, travelling in the wrong direction on the road while they were drunk.

Arrecife Town Hall has launched an investigation into why the officers reacted violently.


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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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