CASE #24
11 / 08 / 2020
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Beating
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to fair trial (procedural violations)
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
  • Right to liberty and security of person

Time: 4:51 AM (MSK)

Place/Location: unknown. Possibly shopping center Riga.

Identity of the victim(s): men in white shirt and jeans shorts, middle aged (grey hair) (0:01 sec). Two other victims (unidentifiable).

Identity of the perpetrator(s): Special Purpose Police Unit OMON

A man dressed in a white shirt is dragged and pushed into the avtozak. A first woman is screaming at the OMON team while they are pushing the man. At the same moment, two other individuals are being assaulted on the ground. The second woman, filming the scene, attempts to approach one of the victims who is screaming "mom, look like they are beating people." She enters in altercation with an agent who pushes her away from the victim being beaten on the ground. She yells undistinguishably. From behind, other women are screaming while the operator yells "go away!!!" Another screams "Please don't touch! I am the fourth generation living here! This is my city!" An OMON agent is trying to block visibility and prevent witness from seeing how the beaten victim is being picked up and carried by the hands and legs to autozak. Another screams "Why are you killing?!!!" One or two victims are pushed in autozak. The same woman continues to yell "cannot be forgiven!" The first woman is crying and looking at the avtozak.

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