Three Spanish police officers suspended over 'death threat WhatsApp group'

Three Spanish police officers suspended over 'death threat WhatsApp group'

More than 100 officers were allegedly in the group (Stock image)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Three Spanish police officers have been suspended in Madrid after a WhatsApp group was discovered in which death threats were allegedly made to a mayor, a police officer and journalists.

Spanish newspaper El Diario released some alleged information from the WhatsApp group which counts more than 100 police officers among its members.

Some in the group are said to have made threats against the Mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmen and said they wanted both La Sexta journalist Ana Pastor and her husband murdered.

The newspaper also claimed some messages in the conversation criticised and threatened immigrants and also praised fascism and Adolf Hitler.

This information was released after another officer, who was a member of the group, submitted a complaint about the matter to police, according to The Local.

He alleged that some members of the group also made threats towards him in response to finding out he had reported them.

Last night (November 22) the City Council in Madrid released a statement saying that police had been notified of a group including "a series of insults and serious threats to certain authorities of the local government, the media, general public and even the person who filed the complaint."

The council added that this officer has been given "maximum protection" as it attempts to prevent any more threats or aggression being made towards him.

The police has also stated that it has found "very serious misconduct" in relation to officers being discriminatory whilst on duty. An internal investigation has now begun and the suspensions have been described as preventative measures. 

Pastor has also now announced that she will be taking legal action due to the WhatsApp group.