AUBONNE BRIDGE CAMPAIGN
Highlighting repression and fighting police impunity.
Unfortunately there are thousands examples state repression of people. Here we are highlighting a few. Most police brutality goes on behind closed doors. Even when it is captured on film the "justice" system normally aquits any police involved.
For example http://kanalb.org/topic.php?clipId=41 where the police storm the media center in Geneva disguised as black block. In the raid they smashed people in the face with metal bars.
On the same site is the footage of the photo journalist Guy Smallman getting shot in the back of the leg whilst he was running away from the police.
Amnesty international have done a report on some of the more serious cases http://web.amnesty.org/report2004/che-summary-eng
For reports on the trial in Genova see http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/01/332622.html
Police brutality in switzerland
THE STATISTIC FUTILITY OF SUEING OFFICERS IS EVEN SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN!!!
Cf. e.g. the 2002 doctoral thesis «Gewalt zwischen Polizei und Bevölkerung» by Dr. Patrik Manzoni (published Rüegger Verlag 2003), who finds that only 7% of reported cops have to face a court and only 1.3 % of reported officers get convicted, though only 3-4% of violent cops get reported at all!!! (p. 66-67) -- because everybody knows it's kinda useless anyway. There are similar reports for Germany, cf also http://www.ssi-media.com/pigbrother/GPK2003.htm#korruption
Some more links to police brutality cases in CH. NONE of the involved officers up to now EVER had to face a jury, though in a few cases some appeals are still pending:
By the way, the very same cops already mutilated another foreigner 2
years before, but never saw a court cause their victim was not well known
and there was no campaign, despite he filed several appeals, cf http://eldar.ch/goran_b.html.
part of an email from pigbrother.
Cops before court is a HUGE exception, especially for crimes committed on duty (off duty there's a slightly better chance, see e.g.http://ch.indymedia.org/de/2005/12/37224.shtml ), and it NEVER works without several appeals first, plus hopefully having the DA changed.
Also to have such a persistent lawyer, since these people here usually
are just a pain in the ass, e.g. in the last case when we sued cops it
was our leftish lawyer from the before lawyer's collective who teamed
with the district
Obviously, the only chance to get a cop before court is,when there's a lot of campaigning and newscoverage involved beforehand, or when they by accident mutilate a really wealthy and/or influentional person. (So in your case it's not just luck & a good lawyer, but also the fruits of your labor.)