The police murder of Andreas Grigoropoulos
Initial results from the post-mortem on a Greek teenager whose killing by police sparked five days of rioting show Alexis Grigoropoulos died from a bullet ricochet, court sources said Wednesday. According to forensic doctors and independent experts hired by the boy’s family, the bullet “is a bit deformed, which showed the bullet touched a hard surface” before entering the 15-year-old’s chest, sources agreed…
On the events on the evening of Saturday, December 6, 2008 and the shooting of Andreas (Alexandros) Grigoropoulos
Police accounts, faithfully reproduced in corporate/state media, and slightly adjusted over time to conform with alternative accounts, appear to be based on complete fabrications. That is, rather than police, in fear of their lives, firing a warning shot — which ricocheted and accidentally struck Andreas — tragically killing him, police appear to have deliberately and cold-bloodedly executed the teenager.
via Deadeye on ANARCHISM.net forum
Mourning the death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos of Kratzi> RIP
-We saw them at some point, with guns in their hands walking down the street.
-Both of them?
-And? Where did they stop?
-Here, right here. They started cussing here, “Come here punks, come and settle this”. Some kids approached.
-During this verbal fight, we saw no objects being thrown, suddenly one of them pulls out his gun and opens fire, straight ahead. We took a careful look and noticed someone on the ground, being dragged away by his friends, probably in fear that he would shoot again. Anyway, this is what happened, the officers were just standing still and then walked away. They turned away and left, on foot.
-I saw the extension of his arms, I saw him aiming. The extension of his arms, not the position of his body. I was behind him. And he aimed. He aimed towards the other end of the street, towards that group.
-They were exchanging words. It was intense. Suddenly, without any other intervention, the patrol car abruptly departs and some time later the officers return. They stood in front of the kids and gunshots were heard. One of the kids, fell.
1st witness – resumed
-3 shots because he didn’t hit him at first. This man wanted to kill. Simple as that.
-We heard two bangs. I immediately understood it was gunfire from the sound of the very first shot. I heard the second shot, followed by a scream and a kid falling to the ground. We headed towards the kid, we dragged him away.
-What did the police do?
-The police turned their backs, as if nothing had happened, and left. We lifted his shirt, he was bleeding. We gave him CPR, the ambulance was late.
-I saw the patrol car between Zoodoxou Pigis street and Tzavela street, it left but a minute later, the two drivers came back. They were both armed and they shot that kid, without a reason.
-Did you see them aiming?
-Yes, they were aiming.
-They didn’t shoot up to intimidate?
-No, they shot the kids that were standing there.
-Did they see the kid falling dead?
-Yes, someone shouted that the kid was wounded, but they turned and left.
Those testimonies are a bit useless without knowing what the cops themselves testified.
They claimed they were attacked by a group of 30 hooded anarchists, with rocks, sticks and molotov cocktails, while in the car. They stepped on the gas to evade them, but later returned to arrest them. They were attacked once more and while in self defense, they threw a flashbang grenade, fired two shots in the sky to intimidate the attackers and one in the ground. The last one hit the ground but ricocheted.
They’ve been flipping their story until today. Their first two lawyers have already retired from their case, for ethical reasons. The ballistic examination was completed today. The bullet remained inside the body and it indicated that it came from a higher level (the pistol) to a lower level (the victim’s body). If it was indeed a ricochet, the bullet would have entered from a lower level (the street) to a higher [point], the point of entry in the body.
At first, all media adopted the cop’s case, spreading similar news worldwide.
Now, they talk about murder in cold blood.
- Athens demonstrations for teen death anniversary (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Youths attack government building in Athens (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Riots in Greece on anniversary of police shooting (salon.com)
- John T. Williams: The Buck Stops with Nobody… (slog.thestranger.com)
- Greek policeman guilty of murder in teen death (sfgate.com)
- Molly’sBlog 2010-10-12 21:09:00 (mollymew.blogspot.com)
- Greek police officer guilty of shooting teenager (guardian.co.uk)
- Protesters Clash With Riot Police in Greece on Teen Shooting Anniversary (foxnews.com)
- Athens clashes break out during student rally (ctv.ca)
- Youths attack government building in Athens (sfgate.com)
- Greeks protest on anniversary of teen’s killing (cnn.com)
- “Both policemen murderers of Alexandros Grigoropoulos have been found guilty” and related posts (anarchistnews.org)