Boy Killed by Police in Italy
Just Another Police Killing?
03 Mar 2006 10:13 GMT
On September 24th, 2005, Federico Aldrovandi, an 18-years-old boy, died in the hands of the police in Ferrara, Italy. The police denies and says Federico died from a drugs overdose, but the news has started spreading thanks to his family's blog. This could seem an ordinary story, but it is just another sign of the brutal attitude of Italian police forces against anyone who does not correspond to their standards of normality, be it immigrants, dissidents or just young people walking alone at night.
This is a story of an Italian boy of 18, of a life broken by the police, a story which at first sight could seem normal, that is.
Indeed, it is a really normal story, a story which has already become a cliche. Many have heard of or directly experienced the brutality of Italian police in Genoa, but in Italy police is not only brutal at political demonstrations: its feats have ancient roots in the fascist regime and continue in everyday life, with wilder and wilder beatings of civilians and most of all of immigrants. This is why we want to tell this story: because we think that cases like this (but also like this, a recent cruel beating of an immigrant by police forces) are symbols of the neofascist regime Italy is more and more turning into.
In the early morning of September 24th, 2005, Federico Aldrovandi, an 18-years-old boy, died in the hands of the police in Ferrara, Italy.
They left him for five hours on the ground, initially hiding the truth to his mother, who had called them to inquire about him. The police version reports phone calls from people of the neighbourhood, alarmed by the odd behaviour of the boy, who allegedly fainted when arrested.
Nobody can say what actually happened. The police deny every responsibility for his death, maintaining that he hurt himself and died due to drugs overdose. According to toxicological exams, overdose cannot possibly have been the reason for Federico Aldrovandi's death, and the plaintiffs' experts' report proved that Federico died of postural asphyxia: he had been actually handcuffed and forced on his stomach and at least one person had exerted pressure on his back.
Details as described by medical referees, which have recently been made official after four months waiting, mention numerous signs of violence over his whole body, a bruised laceration on his head, violet coloured stripes by handcuffs on his wrists, and his scrotum smashed, but they differ from the plaintiffs' experts' report, since they identify morphine amongst the causes of Federico's death (even if morphine couldn't possibly induce in him such a violent behaviour as reported by the police).
The news remained unknown for months. Only recently has the silence been broken by a blog opened by the boy's family, who is asking that light be thrown on the event. Wishing to react to the attempts to hide the truth, Federico's mother, who received her son's clothes literally soaked with blood, has published her son's photo shot after the beating, a photo which is very harsh and revealing.