Justice confirms sanctions to a police officer for asking for the vote for Vox and joking with stabbing migrant minors

The Justice has confirmed two disciplinary sanctions to a National Police agent close to vox called Alejandro León, better known as 'Jandro Lion', for asking for the vote for Santiago Abascal's party in a YouTube video and also for joking with assaulting migrant minors with a knife. The two sentences reproach the agent for using his police status in his videos to broadcast these types of messages and also for having tried to associate the National Police with Vox just three days before the november general election of 2019.

Alejandro León, known in his various internet profiles as 'Jandro Lion', is a national police stationed in the Madrid town of Móstoles who has been intensely active on various social networks for years, especially on his YouTube channel. At the time he was one of the spokesmen for the Jusapol police union – now called Jupol and with which he is now at odds – he has never hidden his sympathies for the far-right of Vox or his criticism against feminism.

Several of these interventions and videos have resulted in two sanctions that have just been confirmed by the contentious-administrative chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid. A two-month suspension for veiledly asking for the vote for Vox in the 2019 general elections and other more than 20 days for joking in a video with attacking foreign minors with a knife that the Jupol union, to which he belonged then, gave him. The agent later apologized for these second statements made with a knife.

The first video was published three days before the elections and in it this agent of the National Police charged against the Royal Decree approved by the Council of Ministers on cybersecurity a week earlier, stating in the headline that Spain was mired in a "socialist dictatorship".

It was at the end of the video when this agent referred to the electoral campaign and fanned himself with the envelope with which Vox sent his ballots while saying: "Oh, how clear I have it, tronquis". For the General Directorate of the Police, this gesture went beyond the freedom of expression recognized to the police, linked the body with a specific political party and, therefore, constitutes a serious offense and deserves a sanction of two months without a badge.

The Superior Court of Madrid has just endorsed this first sanction. A sentence, still appealable before the Supreme Court, in which the contentious judges reject all his defense arguments: there are no formal errors in the procedure nor was he making these statements in a personal capacity. The judges are clear that Alejandro León uses his status as a National Police agent in his videos and that, in this case, he linked the body "with a certain political party", that of the extreme right that Santiago Abascal commands and that in those elections he obtained 52 seats and more than 3.6 million votes.

"This is a well-known person, with a large number of followers both on YouTube and Twitter, and who takes advantage of his status as a police officer and member of a union to carry out these demonstrations," the judges say. Alejandro León, nicknamed 'Jandro Lion' on his internet profiles, introduces himself "as a member of the CNP, if not expressly, not wearing a police uniform in the videos, but using symbols, anagrams or logos related to the Security Forces" , they add. And both this veiled request for the vote for Vox and other comments on Twitter using the symbols of the Police and the Civil Guard with the name of the party also violated the political neutrality required of a police officer.

"Regardless of the legitimate criticism that could be protected by freedom of expression, the request for a vote for Vox in a context of the use of symbols of the police institution is contrary to the principles of neutrality and impartiality," explains the TSJM. León's words, settle the judges in this first sentence, exceed his right to freedom of expression, more constrained in the case of these public officials: "He uses the Body to which he belongs and they link the Institution with a certain political party ", reproach the judges.

A second ruling issued by the same section of the Madrid Superior Court just one day earlier confirms a second sanction against this national police officer for another of his most controversial episodes, also perpetrated when he was part of the Jusapol union. In August 2019, several members of this platform gave him a knife with a dedication: "To Jandro Lion, the best Jusapol YouTuber. With love, Jusapol Ciudad Real." In a video, you can see how León picks up the knife and between laughs comments: "Let the 'mena' get ready, I'm going to leave them on the ground" in allusion to attacking foreign minors who live alone in our country.

The alleged widespread criminality among these minors is one of the political banners –no supporting data– from the extreme right, to the point that Vox used it as a political weapon in the Madrid electoral campaign of 2021 in one of his posters. In the case of Alejandro León, the Hate Crimes Prosecutor refused to report him taking into account that he did not spread those images and that, furthermore, later apologizedbut he was sanctioned with a 20-day suspension for a serious lack of "disregard for citizens."

The Superior Court of Madrid has also just confirmed this second sanction in an equally appealable sentence before the Supreme Court. The judges again reject his defense arguments: that it was a private act and he was off duty and that he spoke "with no intention of offending any institution." The magistrates, however, understand that their expressions "are undoubtedly offensive and attack the honorability and good credit of the Security Forces and Bodies, by trivializing, although it is intended to be done in a jocular way, about the attacks on certain groups of people", even more so coming "from those who are the officials in charge of ensuring our security."

His words joking about the possibility of stabbing a foreign minor are, for the Superior Court of Madrid, "a disregard for the citizens and a notorious discredit to the CNP". And he cannot claim that it was a private act because, first of all, he was given an award as a member of the Jusapol union, of which he was the spokesperson at the time, and he was "a well-known person with a certain social repercussion", which multiplied dissemination of the facts. "Defending that it is a private act when it is the appellant himself who encourages his public exposure is a contradiction," he reproaches.

The judges recall that it is not the first time that they confirm a sanction against a National Police agent for statements made in public that go beyond their right to freedom of expression, even if they are not made while they are on duty. In 2020, for example, the same court confirmed a 15-day ban suspension of a police officer who, after a Jusapol rally in 2017 in Oviedo, broadcast to other police officers via WhatsApp an audio in which he stated that "today we have seen first-hand the sewers of the Ministry of the Interior, that a DAO get on the phone to tell me to get out of there, that the Superior Chief is watching us, that they were blackmailing us all afternoon, that they were trying to bribe us", among other things. In that case, the judges also understood that, although he was not on duty, he "addressed other colleagues because of their status as such."

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