The Ministry of the Interior, directed by Fernando Grande-Marlaska, is going to propose to the Justice, headed by the newcomer Pilar Llop, the hardening of punishment to those citizens who commit a crime of attack against the agents of the authority (police and civil guards). This has been communicated by the Department of the Interior to Unified Police Union (SUP) and to Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC), which began with this claim a few months ago.
In the letter sent to both groups, to which he had access 20Minutos, the director of the Minister’s Cabinet, Susana Crisótmo, assures that it is “opportune” to transfer the proposal so that it is taken into account for a “possible reform of the Penal Code.” Crisótomo explains that it is an idea “of great impact” in the development of the work of the State Security Forces and Bodies. “The development of its general missions is facilitated, based on complying with and enforcing the law, in protecting the free exercise of rights and freedoms and in guaranteeing citizen security “, he exposes.
At present, the attack against agents of the authority is included in article 550.2 of the Penal Code and is punished with prison terms of one to four years and a fine of three to six months if the attack was against the police or civil guards. In the other cases (public officials), the contemplated penalty is from six months to three years.
Of course, it is still unknown how much the punishment will increase and when it will be carried out. And it is that, when asked by 20Minutos, Interior Ministry sources have declined to advance it and have limited themselves to stating that “they do not comment on statements from the police unions.” In any case, the measure it would take a few months to process, as it would imply the modification of the Penal Code, for which the Government should have an absolute majority in the Congress of Deputies (176 deputies).
However, both SUP and AUGC celebrate the disposition of Marlaska, with whom they have had not a few frictions in the three years he has been in office. Among others, due to the – not yet achieved – salary equalization between the two bodies, for the sanction of a policeman for complaining about the food in a transfer or for the way of facing the battle against illegal parties.
“Little by little we are losing the principle of authority and you have to harden your penalties a bit so that this respect is not completely lost, “SUP national spokesman Carlos Morales told this newspaper. In his opinion, on occasions it is “very cheap” to attack policemen, since “it depends on the judge” the punishment can be “a simple fine or go to court every 15 days.”
For his part, the AUGC spokesperson, Pedro Carmona, stresses the “need” for this legislative reform to be undertaken to “offer a more adequate response to this type of criminal offense.” “In this way we follow the model of other countries in our European environment, so that the civil guards have greater protection and legal guarantees in the exercise of their functions “, he concludes.
The police will be compensated yes or yes
In addition to reinforcing previous penalties, the Unified Police Union also boasts another of its recent achievements. And it is that, on June 30, the Supreme Court established at the request of the legal services of the association that the agents who are attacked should receive compensation if they are attacked and that it is not included in the specific risk supplement, as argued by the State Bar.
The judgment of the High Court referred to a case in which the convicted person declared insolvent so as not to pay a policeman he attacked. Thus, the sentence of the Superior Court of Justice of Asturias was ratified, which had forced the State to pay 14,760 euros plus interest to an agent in Oviedo for the injuries suffered on Christmas Eve 2013 by his attacker, who never paid this amount.