Catalan cops face court over rubber bullet injury
Alex Dunham · 17 May 2013, 15:23
Published: 17 May 2013 15:23 GMT+02:00
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A Barcelona judge has ordered the 22 anti-riot police officers to appear before the magistrates court on May 23rd and 24th to ascertain which of them fired the harmful rubber bullet that injured a passer-by during a general strike protest in the Catalan capital on March 29th.
The court will use the evidence provided by the man’s medical report to prove that it was indeed the shot fired that caused irreparable damage to his spleen.
A number of other similar cases are currently being investigated, notably that of Esther Quintana, the 40-year old woman who lost an eye after a rubber bullet was fired at her during street demonstrations in Barcelona on November 14th of last year.
An internet campaign called Ojo con tu ojo (Watch out for your eye) was launched recently to publicly denounce the trigger-happy use of rubber bullets by Barcelona’s Mossos d’Esquadra police force.