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The dog bit a man and the officer shouted "BRAVO"

Date & Time 2022-09-30
Location Rabe, Serbia
Reported by Collective Aid
Coordinates 46.12561403, 20.2631884
Pushback from Romania
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 14 - 45
Group size 15
Countries of origin Syria
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 3
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, insulting, pepper spray, threatening with guns, dog attacks, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
Police involved 3 Romanian officers in black tops and military camouflage. No flags or emblems. One was very big and bald, with an earring. Small white car with no markings on it.

On 30th September at 6pm a group of 15 Syrian men walked across the Serbian-Romanian border. The group walked 30 minutes into Romania before being stopped by a white car. The car was unmarked but the group recognised the two officers that were in the car. As soon the car stopped the group of men stopped walking and stayed still.

The group recognised one of the officers because he is large, bald and has an earring and is always the officer who beats people. The officer also brings a dog with him which the group recognised.

As soon as the group where apprehended the officer ordered the dog to attack them. The officer said “Bravo Ricky” to the dog when he bit the men in the group.

This is a wound from the dog bite.

Dog bite

This is a picture of the dog bite on another individual.

The officers reportedly made the group lie down and beat them all with batons. According to the respondent, when on the floor the officers kicked and stepped on some of the men’s chests. One of the group showed the officer his inhaler but he continued to stand on his chest.

Below are some of the bruises caused by the officers beating the men with batons and kicking them.

Bruise from Romanian police

When beating the group, the officers reportedly kept them in the bushes so nobody could see them abusing the group.

The respondent noted that collectively the group had €6,200 euros taken from them. The officers also reportedly took everything they found on the group, including their food. The officers did not take their phones but they broke them so the phones cannot be used.

After the officers finished beating the group and taking their belongings, they took them to them back to the border crossing at Rabe in groups. Some of the men were reportedly made to sit in the car with the dog. When they arrived at the border crossing the respondent said that the officers beat them again with batons and then told three of them to “never come back“.