Magadan teenagers with scooter get in fight with policeman
Two checks are being conducted at the same time to determine whether violence was used against a representative of the authorities and whether the policeman exceeded his official powers.
Magadan investigators have started two simultaneous checks after a group of teenagers got into a fight with a policeman. The incident occurred on July 17.
Traffic police inspectors stopped a teenager riding a moped without a license, according to the website of the regional department of the ICR. The law enforcers started drawing up a protocol on an administrative violation, but the teen and his friends tried to take the moped away and then allegedly used force against one of the policemen.
The lawyer representing the minor claimed it was the inspector who used force against the teenager, so there are two checks going on at once: to determine whether violence was used against a representative of the authorities and whether the policeman exceeded his official powers. The findings will show whether criminal cases should be initiated. The ICR site notes that the checks were started after the video had gone viral on WhatsApp.
The video shows one of the policemen clutching the teenager's clothes while the others are trying to drag him away. The young man breaks free and runs away; the other policeman tries to catch him but fails.
Video: Teenagers attack Magadan traffic inspectors
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.