Traffic Cop as Witness
After frisking Dennis Guerra, they shoved his head against the patrol car and stomped on each foot. Before the unprovoked violence, Dennis attempted to turn around. It was then they started to hit him while repeating “so you learn not to abuse an old man.”
Punching and pushing, they try to get him in the car. Dennis resists. As the punches get harder, people start to protest. In the middle of the commotion, Rafael snaps out it, realizing that they’re hitting his friend. He throws a nearby toolbox and hits one of the police.
A “caballito de multa,” as they call the traffic police in Cuba, sees this from a distance and comes over to intervene. Dennis memorized the license plate number of the motorcycle, 263.
The traffic cop convinced Dennis to get into the patrol car, assuring him that he’d accompany him to the station as well as serve as a witness to what happened. The other agents asked Rafael to get in the car since he was the reason they were called. Neither of the two were handcuffed.
They drive through Diez de Octubre. In his drunkenness, Rafael insults and kicks inside the car. Angered by the insults, the driver of the patrol car brakes sharply. The two detainees are thrown against the glass inside the vehicle. An agents gets out and opens the door next to Rafael so he can hit him. Dennis starts to get out, but the other, standing next to the door, grabs his shirt to stop him.
n the struggle, he manages to get out of the car and takes off running. He grabs the trunk of a tree. The two police pounce on him. The last thing he remembers is seeing the motorcycle cops turning the corner. The officers sprayed his eyes, leaving him temporarily blind.
Handcuffed, they were driven to the Aguilera unit. They pushed him out of the car. Dennis had just committed a crime, resisting arrest. But the agents already had “tried and sentenced” him for another a more serious crime. Laughing, the guard official and the patrol officers told him he would be accused of assault. And that’s how it happened.