After Brutality Complaints, Greek Riot Police to Wear ID’s


Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a presentation at the Markopoulo training center. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)

ATHENS - Following allegations riot police had roughed up people during raids on squats, the Citizens Protection Ministry has directed the MAT force to again wear identification badges giving their name and number.

The ministry also said that the heads of MAT units will be equipped with body cameras to record interactions with civilians, said Kathimerini, an innovation welcomed by police who said it would show there’s no wrongdoing.

The directive reinstates a 2010 requirement for police to show ID’s before it was stopped at that time although the union of police officers said MAT police had been wearing them anyway although images of officers involved in operations found that was not not so or that the badges were not easily visible.

In a recent letter to Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, the union of Thessaloniki police officers said that the use of video equipment, including dashboard cameras in police cars, “will stop the spread of incomplete footage that… feed an urban myth that is unfair to the police.”