Two Italian Policemen Attacked by 50 Migrants
Italian police say more than 50 migrants attacked and wounded two officers attempting to detain a Gambian man who led them on a high speed chase in Cerignola.
"I raised the baton to stop one of the cars passing by," one officer explained. "There was a Gambian inside, who pressed the accelerator instead of pulling over, trying to hit us. In the chase, the driver also resorted to a battering ram, attempting to push us into the ditch."
The driver, a 26-year-old African who reportedly has a lengthy rap sheet, eventually abandoned his vehicle near a large migrant "ghetto" and fled on foot.
The pursuing officers captured the suspect and were attempting to apprehend him when they became "the subject of vile aggression carried out by more than fifty non-EU citizens who surrounded them, hitting them repeatedly with kicks, punches and blunt objects," according to police union representative Giuseppe Vigilante.
"They punched and kicked us, threw stones and bottles at us," one officer said.
Both officers were reportedly injured and required medical treatment, with one suffering a broken nasal septum.
"If something opposite had taken place, everyone would publicly point to racism; while these incidents do not attract much attention,” said Francesco Pulli, national secretary for the autonomous police trade union. "The idea that they will get away with it pushes offenders to act like this. This is wrong. Anyone breaching the law must take responsibility. We must stand on guard for our policemen’s lives and health."
More Top Stories
So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links …read more
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Friday that members of a caravan of Central American migrants heading north should proceed individually if they decide …read more
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has filed a lawsuit in Ecuador seeking better access to communications as part of his asylum in the Andean nation’s London …read more
U.S. prosecutors on Friday agreed to drop criminal charges against Paul Manafort that a jury deadlocked on earlier this year, as a federal judge set …read more
Board game ‘supports and encourages cross-cultural understanding’read more
Disputes over U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs and their consequences are being escalated at the World Trade Organizationread more