The reconstruction of the death of a young policeman while conducting training to enter the Special Operations and Rescue Corps (COER) of the Río Negro Police, which occurred on April 15, revealed the degrading situations to which the agents were subjected. .
According to the complaint, the training included that a superior urinates an applicant and until they make him place masks with excrement.
The death of Gabriel Emanuel Mondagaray, a 28-year-old assistant officer, occurred in the area known as Bahía Creek, a place located 100 kilometers from Viedma. He was the son of General Commissioner Antonio Mondagaray, a member of the force’s staff, and of Chief Commissioner Adriana Fabi, head of Regional Unit IV and brother of Verónica, an assistant officer.
Three months after the tragic event, the Rio Negro justice system was able to reconstruct a large part of the events that cost the young policeman his life, which revealed the “fierceness” of the training that the police officers, mostly very young, were subjected to.
Authorities during the reconstruction of the brutal training that ended with the death of a young aspiring police officer on a Rio Negro beach. Photo Rio Negro
Prosecutors Guillermo Ortiz and Rubén Negro, members of the scientific team of the Procuratorate of the province, defense attorneys, some of the defendants, the parents of the victim and the lawyer of the complaint Damián Torres participated in the reconstruction to try to put light to the unfortunate events that led to Gabriel’s death.
“Now we have to define the accusations to advance in the formulation of the charges when they send us reports and videos,” said Torres. The lawyer added that the idea “is not only to advance on the homicide itself but also on the abuse of authority.” , explained in dialogue with the newspaper Black river.
Torres gave harsh details about what led to the death of the young man during the training in which 27 other agents also participated, two of whom they also had to be taken care of that day for various injuries.
The reconstruction was carried out in three stages, the first of which was at the Las Marías ranch, located 42 kilometers from Bahía Creek, where they were taken down after having put them in a cistern with water from where they walked until they reached the camp.
Once the group reached the beach, they worked in the area where they were camping. “They showed us the activities they carried out, where we saw the extreme physical exercise they were subjected to, with the little food and few hours of sleepor they had. They were also recreating, among other things, situations of abuse, such as when an instructor urinated a student, or made them make masks with excrement, among other situations, ”the lawyer explained.
Some of the policemen who participated in the tragic training of the applicants. Black river.
Afterwards and always according to the lawyer’s narration “the reconstruction was done in the beach area, to see how the entry into the sea was, with the trunk they carried, and in the physical conditions they were in” but “we could not mark the distance to which they entered due to the waves and the weather conditions ”.
In addition, some NGOs that are asking for justice regarding the incident spoke of an “alleged dance” and a “pact of silence” promoted by Inspector Commissioner Sergio Permarochi.
At the time of the incident, he was secretary general of the Police Headquarters, but recently he was appointed as second chief of the Bariloche regional office.
The great physical demand until reaching extreme limits and the continuity with exercises in the sea are not unrelated to the death of Gabriel, who – according to sources in the case – suffered a hypothermine principle when, together with the other applicants, he was forced to enter the sea despite the low temperature.
Along with the deceased police officer, two other police officers also suffered physical problems, one from General Roca and the other from the town of Lamarque. The three were rescued by other colleagues and transferred to a hostel where they received the first care. But nothing could be done about Mondagaray who eventually passed away.
The pandemic situation and the half-done work carried out by the Justice delay the results of expert opinions to reveal the true reasons for death. What is already in question is the rigor to which those who want to join the COER are subjected to an elite force of the Río Negro police..