Italian police are investigating a snapshot of a teenaged American teenager charged with murdering an officer in Rome.
The photo of murder suspect Gabriel Christian Natale-Hurt, 18, was shown by Italian media on Sunday.
Mr. Nathale-Hurt and his friend, 19-year-old Finegan Lee Elder, were arrested on suspicion of murder.
Rega, 35, was stabbed to death in the neighborhood of Prati in Rome.
It is alleged that he was inflicted eight times after investigating drug abuse. The police say that Mr Natale-Hjorth and Mr Elder, the two students from San Francisco, California, "acknowledge their guilt."
The photograph of Mr. Natale-Hörth, which showed him with blindfolded eyes, his hands clasped behind his back, was taken after their arrest.
It was omitted in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, whose picture article likens it to the treatment of prisoners at the US Air Force camp at Guantanamo Bay. from the expiration of the photo and started an investigation.
"This is an unacceptable episode and should be treated as such," said Force Commander Gen. Giovanni Nystris for Corriere della Sera. Associate Press that the responsible officer did this with "mistake". The officer closed his eyes to Mr. Natale-Hjorth to prevent him from seeing documents related to the investigation, said the commander. Italian Ansa news agency said the officer should be taken out of work.
Italian politicians and human rights activists expressed concern about the photo, but Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was less compassionate.
closing the eyes of an arrested man, I remind them that the only victim he is crying for is … carabiniers … who have died while doing their work, killed by people who, if they are guilty, deserve to they spend their lives in jail, " Mr. Salvini wrote
The two suspects were in the Trastevere area near the Vatican, trying to buy drugs are alleged to have stolen a backpack from an alleged drug dealer who sold them a fake product, according to Ansa. 659003] They are reportedly offered to pay him back if he paid them $ 100 (80 pounds, 90 euros) and gave them a gram of cocaine
As they waited, Regga and colleague turned to them as part of an ordinary operation, as the police were questioned about the exchange of bags, Ansa said. There was a fight, during which Regga was stabbed several times. He was taken to a hospital where he died from his wounds.
Mr Natale-Hjort and Mr Elder, who have been indicted for murder and attempted extortion, appeared in court on Saturday.
Employees found a big knife hidden in a suspended ceiling of their hotel room. They are "ready to leave" Italy when they are found, police said.
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Who was the victim?
Deputy Brigadier Regga was married for only 43 days and returned from his honeymoon this week.
"He has never kept his job and he has been a figure for the whole area, he has always helped everyone, he has worked voluntarily, accompanying sick people to Lourdes and Loreto, to Termini train station to feed the needy. "
Sorrowful family members and friends paid tribute to Regga at a church ceremony in Rome on Sunday.
His funeral will be held in his native town of Soma Vesuviana, near Naples, on Monday, in the same church he was married to.