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Interior Ministry: Dombrava should apologise for threatening police officer

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Janis Dombrava

Latvian Interior Workers Union (LIWU) calls Saeima official of the National Union Janis Dombrava to apologise for his baseless threats presented to a police officer during the event at the Freedom Monument March 16. The association also calls to improve regulations in regard to police officers’ social and economic guarantees.

“By threatening a police officer with talks of firing him in front of many video cameras and journalists, Mr Dombrava caused moral damage to that police officer, hurting his honour as a police officer and dignity,” – as LIWU manager Armands Augustans told BNN. He adds that Mr Dombrava has yet to apologise for his words and actions in regard to the police officer he threatened and the State Police as a whole.

On March 16, officers of State Police, in full accordance with orders from the Chief of State Police and the Law on State Police, were stationed at the Freedom Monument from 09:00 to 13:00 in order to provide personal and public safety. According to regulations, no one is allowed to interfere with police activities when officers are on duty. This restriction does not apply to specific institutions and officials that are authorized by the law, Augustans emphasises.

According to him, Mr Dombrava interfered in police activities without presenting his Saeima official’s identification document. This created a conflict in which he threatened a police officer that he will no longer work in the police force.

“Police officers have a duty to aid officials if their lawful activities are being troubled. During the event, Dombrava attempted to bring order, which, according to Dombrava, was allegedly troubled. He thereby forgot that order at the Freedom Monument was to be maintained by the Chief of State Police. Mr Dombrava could have turned to the Chief of State Police if he believed police officers were not good enough at their jobs,” – Augustans says.

LIWU manager explains that the State Police Law states that a police officer is a representative of state power, and legal requirements and orders that he gives to others when carrying out his duties are to be fulfilled by any and all. Non-compliance with the legal requirements of a police officer is punishable. A police officer is under the protection of the state, his honour and dignity is protected by the state. Insulting the dignity of a police officer, opposing him, threatening his life, as well as performing actions that intervene with his direct duties is punishable by law of the Republic of Latvia.

BNN previously reported that the National Union decided to officially request the resignation of Internal Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Reform Party).

Kozlovskis, on the other hand, said the police did good work on Saturday to maintain public order. The minister pointed out that all of the events that took place were previously harmonized, and there were no breaches by the events’ organizers. However, the minister did point out that the music led to heightened tension between the two sides. Clashes were successfully prevented and no one was harmed, the minister said.

According to deputy chairman of Reform Party Edmunds Demiters, the demand for Kozlovskis’ resignation will not be supported by the Saeima – because it is absurd.


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  1. Tom says:

    “Mr Dombrava has yet to apologise for his words and actions neither to the police officer he threatened nor to the State Police.” – I don’t understand a thing! Does he have to apologize or not? neither.. nor?!!

  2. BY says:

    Schoolboy behaviour, what else does one expect .

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