“The police director, as soon as he saw the footage, sent an expert team which worked very intensively and as far as I know at the moment, they established that those were police officers,” he told Croatian reporters in Luxembourg, where he is attending a meeting of EU interior ministers.
Božinović said he assumed it was “some individual offence by several police officers,” adding that the police director was expected to provide more details today.
On Wednesday evening, a number of European media outlets showed disturbing footage of a migrant pushback on Croatian territory. The footage shows men, wearing balaclavas and clothes similar to those of Croatian police, pushing migrants across a backwater of the Korana river towards Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In doing so, the men were hitting the migrants with batons such as those used by Croatian riot police and some wore vests like those worn by that unit.
According to the media, the footage was taken in June as part of an investigation by a number of European media outlets.
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