Marco Ventura, 28, was arrested this morning because he beat a police officer during the No Expo manifestation. He “wanted to inflict pain and badly injure (the police officer)” reported Donatella Banci, the Judge for Preliminary Investigations of Milan (GIP), about the aggression to the police officer Antonio D’Urso.
The officer was beaten with sticks, kicks and punches; he has contusions to his pelvis and wrist. “If he had not had his helmet on, he would have more serious injuries”. Ventura was not dressed as a ‘black block’, he just had a simple hat and his face was uncovered when he started beating the officer.
In the report, three phases were identified. In the first moment of aggression, the officer D’Urso tried to arrest Anita Garola, a protester who ended up in prison. Then, the officer was beaten and he could not handcuff the woman. Finally, the most violent phase, a man with helmet and gasmask stops him and throws punches to his back; another man comes out of a bush and hits him with a stick. “The aggression – reports the GIP – was extremely violent and overcame the aim, which was to stop the arrest of the woman”.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa