Hi thereon a recent trip to Florence, I was arrested with four other people for basically being in the wrong place at the wrong time. the police handcuffed us all and took us back to the station and ended up letting everyone else go except me and about 6 of them beat me whilst I was handcuffed. they then took me down to a car park where they all hit me again really quite badly and then locked me in a cell for the night with no explanation. My girlfriend who was extremenly worried continuously rang and they kept hangin up on her, so she rang the embassy who also tried to get in contact with me, but the police had lied to them and said i had not requested to talk to them. Eventaully at 1 pm the next day I was taken to court and charged with damaging a police car, being drunk in public and resisting arrest, none of which was the case, but the lawyer they appointed me told me my only options were to accept an agreement from the judge or else I would have to come back to the country with all my witnesses at my expense and take it to trial which could result in me being found guilty and serving a jail sentence. I now have a criminal conviction and am still suffering from the injuries I sustained from the bashings. Am I able to press charges against the officers involved. i have photos of the Police officer in charge, a listing of the case with officer names and photos of my injuries. I can t believe this goes on in the world and think that someone needs to make a stand
State/Country relating to Question: Italy
This behaviour is hopefully extremely rare in Italy and plainly not admissible. Of course you can lodge a complaint either with the Italian National Police or Carabinieri complaints and standards department, or with the Italian justice if you were arrested by the Municipal police. Yet if you are back in Australia, it might lead to not much. An investigation will be opened but will not be able to proceed unless the investigators can interrogate you and your witnesses and confront you with the officers concerned. And if they are charged and a trial ensues you and your witnesses will also have to appear in court. Which might be both inconvenient and extremely expensive since both for the investigation and the trial you would have to travel to Italy. Your lawyer in Italy showed you the easy way out, practically. Yet, if you want to make a stand, you will also have to appeal your conviction which means another trial... The Italian justice system is extremely scrupulous but is based on contradictory trial, which means the parties have to appear or be represented in court.
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