Croatia: Officer violently arrests 66-year-old woman for jaywalking

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snimio Davor KIBEL, Osijek, 16.12.2015. Ulica Hravtske Republike, ispred Oculusa(bivši Litokarton), iz još nepoznatih razloga policija privela gospoðu na ulici, pri èemu su morali primjenit silu zbog opiranja ------ 1 STUPAC COLOR NOVOSTI

Photo: glas-slavonije.hr/Davor KIBEL

Update: Croatian police minister Ranko Ostojic said that officer in question and chief of police in Osijek visited the woman and apologized. He added that he will also apologize and pay the fine given to the 66-year-old woman.

Croatian newspaper Glas Slavonije reported that a corpulent police officer brought down an older women on concrete and put handcuffs on her after she crossed the street during a red traffic light.

Soon after the first report, Croatian police released a video of the event, showing a police officer telling the woman to stop. After he tried to stop her, she resisted saying “shame on you” and “I have my own problems”. Officer then called for back up and detains the woman on the concrete.

Some witness reports state that officer put his knee on her back while she was being held on the ground, in order to prevent her from getting up.

“What did I do to you?”, the woman is saying while being forced to lay on the ground.

“Police officer used force to prevent her from moving away. With loud outcry, the woman continued to resist, because of which officer continued to use force. Another officer arrived on the scene and they have used their strength and put handcuffs on the woman, after which they brought her to the police station”, said the police of Osijek.

They added that in the police station it was determined that the woman wasn’t injured in the incident.

The 66-year-old woman is released from the police but will have to pay a fine for jaywalking.

Croatian Minister of police Ranko Ostojic commented on Facebook that police shouldn’t arrest an old woman like she is a dangerous criminal.

“It is unnecessary, it destroys the reputation (of police). Police officers, we don’t need this. One bad move destroys a lot of good work. I’m not asking you not to stick to the law, but do it as much as its justified. This is a bad tactic. Don’t do this, you can’t arrest an old woman like a dangerous criminal”, wrote Ostojic.

After reviewing the footage of the incident, prosecutor in Osijek concluded that the officer didn’t go outside his authority.

Video of the incident caused shocked among Croatian and regional public, with many condemning an act of using violence to arrest and old woman for jaywalking, while others defended the officer, saying that he just followed the law and that he did the only thing he could.

snimio Davor KIBEL, Osijek, 16.12.2015. Ulica Hravtske Republike, ispred Oculusa(bivši Litokarton), iz još nepoznatih razloga policija privela gospoðu na ulici, pri èemu su morali primjenit silu zbog opiranja

Photo: glas-slavonije.hr/Davor KIBEL

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Agan Uzunović is a journalist from Bosnia and Herzegovina writing for Revolution News and Bosnian media. Follow him on Twitter @AganU8.