Two police officers in Genua were attacked by a group of migrants wielding glass bottles while they tried to arrest a Senegalese drug dealer.
According to an Il Giornale report, the disturbing incident happened around 2 a.m. after the two police officers stopped a car on the Via Gramsci to conduct standard identification check. At first, the Senegalese migrant appeared to be cooperative with the police. However, after being asked to step out his car he fled the scene.
During the foot pursuit, the Senegalese migrant yelled continuously, leading other migrants who have been described as not being from the European Union, to then aid him by surrounding the two pursuing police officers.
The migrants, armed with glass bottles, began hurling them at the police. Luckily, before any of the officers were injured, police back-up arrived at the scene and the group of cowardly migrants were forced to run away.
After the initial migrant – a 31-year-old Senegalese man – was detained, police found three grams of cocaine and 2,590 euros in cash on his person. Following his arrest, the man was transported to a local hospital where doctors discovered another 20 small packets of cocaine in his intestines.
Migrants violently attacking Italian police has become a serious issue in various regions of Italy.
Earlier this year, in the northeast city of Turin, another Senegalese migrant violently attack police officers while shouting “Allahu Akbar” at them. One of the police officers suffered head trauma as a result of the attack.
While commenting on the attack, the Italian Union of Police Officers said, “In recent weeks there has been a crescendo of violence that must worry everyone. It is not acceptable in any way to grant hospitality and protection to those who could kill a common citizen or a policeman.”