Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Cuba: No pix of police brutality please

Police arrested three who filmed them as they beat a young man in Havana's Central Park, and fined about 20 others who berated them as they beat their handcuffed victim.

According to eyewitnesses, last Saturday just before 5:00 p.m., a uniformed policeman detained a young man who couldn't produce papers when requested to do so. After a plainclothes man joined them, the two started beating the man. A crowd quickly surrounded them, calling them abusive. In short order, a virtual fleet of police cars and patrolmen responded. They helped take the original prisoner away in a van and disperse the crowd, not before also taking in the three who had been filming and issuing 100-peso fines to about 20 in the crowd.

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