ATHENS – A Greek police special guard was shown in a video pulling his sidearm and pointing it at a number of people in an alleged self-defense after authorities said he was assaulted by a crowd of nearly 30 on the grounds of a college campus.
The confrontation came on the the Athens University of Economics and Business during a clash with the video quickly going viral on the Internet. The Greek Police’s headquarters (GADA) said, the incident involved a plain clothes off-duty special guard with authorities posting them at the school in an attempt to rid the grounds and area of drug dealers and other criminals.
Police said in a press release the officer was assaulted by about 30 people outside the university and then dragged inside the campus’ yard where he pulled his gun to protect himself and pointed it but didn’t fire, said Kathimerini.
Police backups were sent to help him escape and it was said he suffered light injuries although his identity was not given. There was no word on whether he was at the college by himself or if other officers were nearby.
GADA said it is investigating the incident that came on the same day a group of people inside university grounds threw stones at officers of the DIAS motorcycle unit as they passed. No arrests were reported.