Police officer fined over inaction in 'flag attack' case

Former policewoman Anastasija Cvirko, who has been accused of inaction in connection with the attack on a youth with a Ukrainian flag, has been fined €9,300, Latvian Television reported on October 10.

In May 2022, Riga held an event “on getting rid of Soviet heritage,” which the State Police estimated had gathered around 5,000 people. It was later revealed a man attacked a young man with a Ukrainian flag on his shoulders after the event.

The man was taken into custody but was later released. He was subjected to 200 hours of community service. He paid all the required moral compensation, but the victim's lawyer stressed that only a real prison sentence would change awareness of such crimes and appeal the prosecutor's decision. The prosecutor's penal order of 200 hours of community service was later overturned and the criminal proceedings reinstated.

In addition, the man's partner was a police officer who was present at the time of the incident but did nothing. The officer was dismissed from the service and the Internal Security Bureau (IDB) began criminal proceedings for alleged inaction by the female officer.

Now Riga District Court in Jūrmala imposed a fine of EUR 9,300 on the former police officer, reports LTV.

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