8 Catalan police on trial for murder after beating businessman to death in street

Prosecutors in Barcelona on Friday asked for eight members of the Catalan Mossos d’Esquadra police force to be charged with murder in connection with the beating of a 50-year-old businessman in the city’s Raval district.

Juan Andrés Benítez died the following day after the Mossos had allegedly punched, kneed and kicked him when he was already on the ground as the police tried to arrest him.

Prosecutors have also filed torture charges against the officers.

According to a motion filed with a judge, prosecutors described the police action as “excessive, out of proportion and an overreaction.”

Benítez, who owned shops in the city’s gay-friendly “Gayxample” district, died the following day from respiratory failure related to his injuries.

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