Two Italian policemen detained a Gambian citizen, which led to them being surrounded by a whole group of immigrants seeking to free him.
There were 50 of them, against the two of us. Nevertheless, we managed to ultimately handcuff him,
The policemen, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, work in the traffic control department in the Italian city of Cerignola.
On the evening of October 5, just outside Borgo Mezanone, which is about 15 kilometers away from the regional center, Foggia, the law enforcement officers were encircled and attacked, opposite a large migrant center (the third biggest one in Italy).
This is how they described the incident to Giuseppe Vigilante, a local secretary for the autonomous police labor union:
We kept order in the town streets in the afternoon. At some point, I raised the baton to stop one of the cars passing by. 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.
They went on to say that when he left his car not far from the migrant center he tried to run away, prompting them to chase him on foot. When the other immigrants joined in, they “punched and kicked us, threw stones and bottles at us.” We were fortunate to pass on a walkie-talkie signal to call for backup. After four other patrol cars arrived the assailants fled the scene.
The policemen sustained injuries and sough medical assistance, one even sustained a broken nasal septum, which doctors say will take about 30 days to cure.
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