A year after the events of 1 October progress is being made in the legal process against the police conduct. Police charged citizens at 27 schools and colleges in the city, leaving nearly 300 people injured. The City Council is acting as private prosecutor to defend the human rights and freedoms of all citizens and prevent such conduct from going unpunished.
Full figures for the police operation on 1 October 2017 can be found here.
Out of the 297 people injured, 275 have formally denounced the police conduct, with support from the City Council. The process has enabled 63 officers to be identified who allegedly committed offences, 24 of whom have been summoned. Those accused include 4 of the 8 commanding officers from the police operation in the city that day.
The officers from the Policia Nacional who have been identified were at different schools in the city when the police charges of 1 October occurred: the commanding officer and another officer at the Escola Mediterrànea; three officers at the IES Pau Claris; the commanding officer at the FEDAC Horta; the commanding office and two officers at the CEIP Àgora; the commanding officers at the Escola Infant Jesús and the Escola Pia de Sant Antoni; 13 officers at the Escola Ramon Llull, and two officers at the Escola Dolors Monserdà.
The Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has called for “the head of the police operation for 1 October, Colonel Diego Pérez de los Cobos, to be summoned to declare as we deserve to know the whole truth”. According to Colau, the call for political responsibility must be the response, “to give citizens confidence in democratic institutions and lay the foundations so that such serious events are never repeated again”.
Municipal commitment to victims
The events of 1 October prompted the City Council to react and, in collaboration with various human rights organisations, set up a specific service at the Office for Non-Discrimination (OND) offering legal and psychosocial support for people who suffered aggressions at the hands of the police on the day. The service was operative throughout the month of October and nearly three hundred people made use of it.
During the same period, the public were also urged to send images and videos of the police charges which could be used in judicial processes. A total of 42 people provided a substantial volume of audio-visual material which helped to identify officers who took part in the police operation in the city.