Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Minister urges calm over custody-battle boy video flap


(ANSA) - Rome, October 12 - Interior Minister Anna Maria
Cancellieri on Friday appealed for calm over the case of a
10-year-old boy who was filmed being unceremoniously hauled out
of school by police in a custody dispute.
Cancellieri said the video, which has gone viral, was
"dramatic" but urged people to "respond to emotion with reason".
Italy's police chief apologised for the incident Thursday
while parliamentary speakers called for an inquiry.
The video of police hauling the boy away kicking and
screaming has caused outrage across the country.
The incident took place in the northern Italian town of
Cittadella, outside Padua.
A court in Venice had ordered that the boy be turned over
to his father.
Child-protection officers said they had repeatedly
attempted to pick up the boy at his mother's home but she and
her family would not hand him over.
The boy, Leonardo, was described as "intelligent, lively
and likeable," in a court document published by a northern
Italian daily Friday.

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