21 Oct, 2022 @ 11:21
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Police chief in Spain’s Valencia sacked for blaming all street crime on immigrants

Police Chief In Spain's Valencia Loses Job For Blaming All Street Crimes On Immigrants

A senior Policia Nacional officer in Valencia has been relieved of his command after making racist comments at a rally organised by the far-right Vox party.

Chief Inspector Ricardo Ferris was head of Valencia’s City’s Central District police station.

Policia Nacional bosses in Madrid agreed to replace him on the recommendation of the Valencian Community Police Headquarters.

A formal investigation has been launched along with a process to dismiss him from the force.

Ferris went to a Vox rally at Valencia’s Ateneo Mercantil on October 14 and his comments were recorded on a video.

At that gathering Ferris said that ‘for me, illegal immigration is equal to crime and for five years we no longer work with national criminals’.

The suspended police chief claimed that ‘practically all street crime is down illegal immigrants’ and ‘everyone in small boats confesses to being criminals and ex-prisoners’.

Interior Ministry crime figures from 2021 show that 32% of crimes were committed by non-Spaniards.

The Valencian Community’s government delegate, Pilar Bernabe, said: “The remarks are absolutely despicable, reprehensible and above all, they are false.”

“They do not reflect any real or objective data, and the only thing he is doing is attacking the dignity, prestige and good work of the Policia Nacional,” she added.

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Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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