I believe the police officers’ story, not the Africans.
Eighteen Portuguese police charged over alleged torture of young black men
All the officers at the station are charged over claims of “torture and other cruel treatment” against the men.
All the police officers at a station in Portugal have been charged over the alleged kidnap and torture of six young black men.
It means every one of the 18 officers working at Alfragide police station, northwest of Lisbon, is implicated.
They will go on trial for “torture and other cruel treatment” and other charges stemming from the alleged incident, the Lisbon prosecutor’s office said.
In February 2015, five of the men, aged 23 to 25 at the time, went to the station to protest against the “arbitrary and violent” arrest of one of their friends from the Cova da Moura neighbourhood.
The area is known for its large population of immigrants from Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony off Africa’s northwest coast.
The five friends were also detained.
Over 48 hours it is claimed they were all “victims of tremendous physical and psychological violence by officials of an authority dominated by feelings of xenophobia, hate and racial discrimination,” Portuguese daily newspaper Diario de Noticias reported, citing a judicial investigation.
The officers said at the time that dozens of young men had tried to force their way into the police station to free their friend.
But these claims were contradicted by the victims and other witnesses.
Police have responded by invoking the principle of the presumption of innocence, adding that two officers had already faced disciplinary sanctions.
Anti-racism groups were outraged and an association was set up to highlight the plight of young people living in the disadvantaged neighbourhood.
Diversity fuxates society no matter where diversity lives. Eighteen Portuguese cops are feeling the vibrancy and cultural enrichment. I wonder how it feels to have the word of a group of primitives taken over your word. Not good, I’ll bet.