Two former officers of the City Police Headquarters in Gdańsk were brought to trial on Thursday. 28-year-old Maciej S. and 33-year-old Rafał G. are accused of exceeding their powers and failing to fulfill their official duties. According to investigators, the men were supposed to record films and humiliate people during police interventions.
The trial started on Thursday before the Gdańsk-Południe District Court. Only one of the accused appeared at the hearing – Maciej S. Drugi, 33-year-old Rafał G., was properly notified and did not justify his absence. Judge Aleksandra Siniecka-Kotula opened the trial. Prosecutor Mariusz Skwierawski read the indictment in which it was accused that people who were intervened by the men were degraded, insulted or threatened with physical violence. According to the prosecutor’s office, one of the people, threatening with violence, forced him to behave in a certain way – drinking half a liter of alcohol. Investigators accused the former police officers of, inter alia, exceeding their powers and failing to fulfill their official duties. According to investigators, the policemen recorded the films with their mobile phones in the years 2016–2019.
Videos from the intervention went to the media
Former officers were detained in the fall of 2019, after an anonymous person sent videos of the intervention to several institutions and the media.
The journalists of TVN’s “Comments” also got to the recordings of the policemen. They show, for example, how officers persuade a drunk man to drink alcohol or offer sex to an arrested woman. The policemen present themselves as “real dogs from Gdańsk”.
After the case was publicized in the media, KMP officers in Gdańsk were disciplinary dismissed from the police.
They plead not guilty
Maciej S., who was present in the room, did not plead guilty to the prosecution’s charges. The 28-year-old only agreed to answer the questions of his defense attorney Dawid Szachta. – I was not on duty then. I have not been on this intervention. I did not record videos of the intervention – Maciej S. explained in response to further accusations. The man is now a locksmith’s assistant. The former policeman claimed that he did not know that his colleague was filming the intervention, and that he only found out about it after being arrested in the prosecutor’s office.
Judge Aleksandra Siniecka-Kotula read the explanations from the investigation of the second former officer – Rafał G. – They were made public by my friend with whom I argued and she threatened to destroy my career – Rafał G. explained in the investigation. Although he did not admit to the prosecution’s accusations, he confirmed the filming. Former officers of the Gdańsk police are free to answer, were released from custody. The court adjourned the trial until November 9, when the first witnesses will testify in this case. The accused face up to 10 years imprisonment.
Main photo source: PAP / Jan Dzban