The Manifold 27 • 11 • 2021

Official complaint filed after a 20 year old man was beaten by police in Crete

The Manifold
Official complaint filed after a 20 year old man was beaten by police in Crete
27 • 11 • 2021

Accusations of excessive police violence after a 20 year old man was beaten by police in Crete, on November 27, 2021. His father has filed a complaint.

According to an interview given by the father of the 20-year-old victim on the radio station Radio Crete, on November 27, 2021, his son was with his friends in the village of Skalani in Heraklion watching motorbikes race. The police arrived and made arrests. They asked the 20-year-old to get on his knees, and he told them that he had had knee surgery and could not. They then threw him to the ground and started punching and kicking him in the ribs and abdomen, resulting in a fracture, and one of the police officers pressed his head down into the ground with his boot. Subsequently, although he had previously told them that he had a shoulder problem due to an injury, they pulled his hands behind his back to handcuff him and took him to the police station. 

After verifying his identity, he was released and transported to the hospital, where doctors examined him and documented the injuries he had suffered to his face and body. His father has filed a complaint.

Where is the problem with the rule of law?

In a state governed by the rule of law, law enforcement authorities must respect human dignity and use force only if the detainee resists arrest or attempts to escape, and only then to the extent necessary to secure arrest. According to the Code of Criminal Procedure(Article 256) and Presidential Decree 141/1991(Article 120), the use of force, including handcuffing, is illegal in any other case. These principles are further guaranteed by Presidential Decree 254/2004 (Code of Police Ethics) and in the 2005 Circular issued by the Headquarters of the Hellenic Police Force.

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