WATCH THE VIDEO: Police in Valencia banned from accepting gifts after facing heavy criticism
The Valencian Police Headquarters issued an internal statement on Thursday, February 25, prohibiting all of its agents from accepting gifts from private citizens or groups, after a video posted on social media shows two officers accepting flowers from a member of one of the notorious ‘ultra’ groups. The person behind the demonstration at which Police were given the bouquet is one of twenty-eight members of fascist groups prosecuted for participating in attacks on a civic march on October 9 last year.
Following a wave of criticism of the video online Government delegate, Gloria Calero, called an urgent meeting with the Superior Chief of Police, Jorge Zurita, to remind him of the damage that these types of events can generate.
The subsequent statement issued reminded officers that they should never accept gifts or donations of any kind from members of the public, and if they are put in this position again, they must direct the person to the Higher Police Headquarters.
The offending officers were offered the bouquet during a rally organized by a radical group calling itself Mi Tierra CV under the slogan “for constitutional values and the police.” The group was initially denied permission to hold their demonstration in the Plaza del Pilar due to fears over public safety.
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