Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/StateBureauOfInvestigation
This is the moment Ukrainian cops beat up two detainees they were allegedly trying force a confession from in footage which has sparked an internal probe.
The incident was filmed at a police station in the city of Odessa in the south-western Ukrainian region of Odessa Oblast and the footage was shared on YouTube where it has been viewed 23,000 times.
According to local media, the officers arrested two suspects at a railway station and were allegedly trying to make them confess to stealing a passenger’s gold chain.
Police official Nikolay Truba said: “Psychological pressure, threats, the use of truncheons, humiliation – these are the methods the officers used to obtain the testimony they wanted.”
Reports said that one of the detainees has filed a complaint against the officers in the video.
In the footage, the cops are seen punching, kicking and using their truncheons on the detainees.
In one scene, a suspect is bundled to the floor and repeatedly kicked.
Local media said that if found guilty, the officers could be sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison.
Truba added: “Violence and torture are not methods that should be used by those who protect the law and fight crime.”
Netizen ‘Srilfe5a5e5a’ said: “Those cops are so aggressive and rude.”
‘Bob Gamilton’ commented: “I think it is time to start sending cops to jail. They deserve it.”
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