Lucas González case: a witness assured that the policemen never identified themselves and thought they were thieves

A man who was walking his dog when Lucas González and his three friends were intercepted by City police in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Barracas told investigators that the officers never identified themselves, that he thought they were thieves who were going to rob them. the youths and what he saw when one of them fired at the passenger side of the victims’ car.
The witness also provided a video that he made with his own cell phone 20 minutes after hearing the shots, when he approached the scene and saw two of Lucas’s friends arrested and the police officers around, the spokesmen consulted detailed to Télam.

The neighbor testified yesterday before the prosecutors in the case, Leonel Gómez Barbella and Andrés Heim, to whom he gave a detailed account of what he saw on the morning of November 17 last, around 9.30, while he was walking his dog through the Park Leonardo Pereyra, from Barracas.

The statement of the witness in the Lucas González case
According to his story, he saw from about 60 or 70 meters the moment in which three people – who he later learned were policemen – got out of a car wearing black vests “without any type of identification”, which made him think that they were It was about “thieves”.

When promptly consulted about these people, the witness assured that he did not hear “high police” shouting, no sirens, or whistles, although he did hear shots fired by one of them, who was a few meters from the passenger side of the Volkswagen Suran, where he was sitting Lucas González.

Based on what has been reconstructed so far in the case, that policeman would be Inspector Gabriel Isassi, detained and charged together with Major Officer Fabián López and Officer José Nievas, all belonging to the Investigation Brigade of Commune 4 of the Police of the city.
The neighbor’s sayings coincide with what the three boys who survived the event declared in the case and completely contradict the versions provided in their investigations by the accused.

According to the police officers, they identified themselves with the voice of “high police”, they said that they were wearing identification vests and that they sounded the siren of the Nissan Tiida of the Brigade car, which was driven by Nievas and which was carrying Isassi as a companion. and Lopez in the back seat.

To find out from which weapon the projectile that hit Lucas González and caused his death started, prosecutors await the results of the ballistic tests and comparisons between the 9-millimeter caliber weapons seized from the police and a lead extracted from the police station in the coming days. head of the victim.

In addition, in order to establish the sequence of events, the sources anticipated that judicial officials plan to carry out a reconstruction at the scene.

Another key element that was added to the cause in the last hours is a video contributed by the witness who was walking the dog, in which it is seen when two of Lucas’s friends – the one who drove the Surán and the one who was behind it -, both 17 years old, were reduced as detainees on the sidewalk.

In that video, recorded by the neighbor about 20 minutes after the shooting and when Lucas was still wounded in the car, several members of the City Police are seen in addition to the accused.

The investigations analyzed the images in order to identify the police officers who appear there and see in detail the actions of each of them in the moments after the attack on the adolescents.

Is that, according to the sources, Gómez Barbella and Heim do not rule out making new charges and requesting the arrests of more police officers who may have covered up the criminal actions of their colleagues and “planted” a replica of a firearm found in the boys’ car.

During this day, the parents of two of Lucas’s young friends will testify virtually in the case: the boy who was driving the car and the one who was behind him.


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