A video of Milan police assaulting a Brazilian transgender with truncheons and pepper spray went viral in Italy.
Parents in the northern Italian city had phoned the police because they said she had been pestering kids at a school’s entrance. Four police officers tackled the transexual in the video, which several Bocconi University students recorded, before they handcuffed and removed her from the scene.
The video shows the woman sitting on the sidewalk, offering no resistance. Around her are some local police officers, armed with pepper spray and batons. They shout at her, then hit her repeatedly. An officer kicks her in the knee, while in the background an unknown person shouts against police brutality.
MANGANELLATE E SPRAY AL PEPERONCINO 👮
La scena di un arresto da parte di agenti della Polizia locale di Milano di una donna che, per essere ammanettata, viene colpita, probabilmente in zona Bocconi, violentemente con manganelli e calci ⬇️
— Mi-Tomorrow (@MiTomorrow) May 24, 2023
Comments on the video charged the cops with using excessive force. The Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office has begun an inquiry into the event “to ascertain the dynamics and possible responsibility”.
The event happened not far from Bocconi, a prestigious private institution in the Lombardia capital.