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Further Italian Madness

Post by ghiro on Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:30 pm

Last evening we had a couple of Italian friends round.  He (we'll call him Luigi) works as a policeman (Polizia di Stato) on the local autostrada.

4 years ago he and his colleague spotted a suspicious car and decided to pull it over.  The other car took evasive action and only stopped after a chase and causing damage to the police car Luigi was in.  The car they stopped contained 4 Moroccans.  When they began to search the car they soon found a stash of drugs - at which point the Moroccans decided to leg it.  Luigi and his colleague manged to catch a couple and wrestle them to the ground.  However the Moroccans were younger and stronger and managed to break free.  As they ran away they started shooting at the 2 policemen.

Luigi's colleague drew his pistol and returned fire, killing one of the Moroccans.

Luigi and his colleague's trial starts in September.  They are both being charged with 'culpable homicide' and face a prison term of 25 years.

Apparently, in Italy, a policeman can shoot and kill a suspect only if they have been wounded firstUnbelievable!

Needless to say Luigi and his wife have not only spent 4 years of misery but are apprehensive about the outcome of the upcoming trial.  And this is a man who was just doing his job to the best of his ability and did not fire the fatal shot.
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Re: Further Italian Madness

Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:12 pm

Sounds mad to me..

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Re: Further Italian Madness

Post by Gala Placidia on Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:28 am

The prosecution is "overdoing" it. This can only be judged as legitimate self-defense, particularly because the drug dealers started the shooting. It is most surprising, because Italy has a very sympathetic law on self-defense which covers civilians http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4645228.stm
I think that the policemen will have no problems, but, in any case, it is not a nice thing to go through when you are just doing your job.
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Post by Casa Monal on Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:28 pm

It’s happened here (NL) and in the UK. I think these investigations and trials are often more of a formality…if Luigi has nothing to hide, then he’ll hide nothing… Wink
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