One of the troops of the Buenos Aires City Police accused of covering up crime of Lucas Gonzálezthe 17-year-old soccer player from the Barracas Central Club who was killed in 2021 by a police shot, said Tuesday that he did not see no weapon in the car where the young man was traveling with his friends. His testimony was given in the framework of the second hearing of the trial after the declaration of Cynthia Lópezmother of the victim, who explained that after the fact “tried to commit suicide four times“.
Within the framework of the process to which 14 policemen of the Buenos Aires force are subjected, the officer Daniel Ruben Espinosa he asked to testify before the Oral Criminal Court (TOC) 25. In this sense, he specified that when he arrived at the scene of the event his colleagues informed him that a shooting had taken place.
Crime of Lucas González: the three accused police officers said they did not commit “any crime”
“I did not see any type of weapon. I saw the boys from a distance, I couldn’t recognize them and even less know if they had a weapon,” he said when asked about a replica of a gun that was supposedly “planted” in the teens’ car. The police officer recalled that he was in the police station and heard on the radio that there had been an armed confrontation in the Barracas neighborhood.
So, his superior, the inspector Jose Tevez, ordered him to take him to Iriarte and Vélez Sarsfield avenues. Upon arrival, they asked him to stop at Alvarado and Pedriel streets, Where did they tell you the car was? Volkswagen Suran where the four players from the lower ranks of the club that at that time played in the First National (now dispute the First Division of Argentine Soccer) traveled. At that time, he was asked to block the street.
“It was a striking situation, very ugly because there was a boy shot in the head“said Espinosa, who added that he also noticed a nervous policewoman who was in the area of the incident. As he added, an ambulance immediately came to take Lucas and him along with two other police officers helped get him out of the vehicle where he lay after being shot. Then he went as a slogan to the Penna hospital, where the teenager was taken for his first care.
“A doctor tells me that he fell a bullet from the kid’s head, there I found out the boy’s name, which was Lucas González. When I enter the shock room, they point to the floor and I realize that it was not a bullet but a jacketthen notice that the lead was inside the head,” he added. Later, he recounted that he protected it and handed it over to the Federal Police for the corresponding expertise.
The heartbreaking testimony of Lucas’s mother
Cynthia López, the mother of the young player, presented before the judges Daniel Navarro, Marcelo Bartumeu Romero and Ana Dieta de Herrero, the horror that lives daily and said: “I tried to commit suicide four times.”
In the midst of crying and for almost an hour, he testified as a witness. She did it assisted by a psychologist. She recalled that she went to the Penna Hospital and recounted: “It’s the worst thing that happened to me in my life, uncover it to recognize that it was him”. As his son commented, he was “full of blood” and “with a bandage”, he was under a command from the City Police, and at dawn they transferred him to the Hospital del Cruce de Florencio Varela, near where they lived.
“I am taking medicines, I wait for my son every day, I had four suicide attempts. In five minutes they took away his sleep from everything, I don’t know how it goes on, we were dead while we were alive, I want to sleep and try to dream it,” the woman said crying. And he closed: “I want my son to rest in peace, to have the justice he deserves.”
FP / ED
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