SWAT incident: Police chief sacked
Vitaly Hlukhoveria was relieved of the post of chief of police in Dnepropetrovsk region amid a probe into the abuse of power following the release of bodycam footage shot by a patrol police officer showing a SWAT team detain him shortly after he stopped the police chief's driver for a traffic violation.
"By the order of the head of the National Police, Serhiy Knyazev, in coordination with the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arseniy Avakov, head of the Main Directorate in Dnipropetrovsk region Vitaly Hluhoveria was dismissed. Now Artem Vasitsky has been appointed acting police chief of Dnepropetrovsk region, " the National Police press service wrote on Facebook.
It is noted that, according to the order of the Minister of Internal Affairs, on July 27, an official investigation was launched into the incident that took place in the city of Dnipro. The findings of the official investigation will be forwarded to the State Bureau of Investigation. The National Police provides assistance and comprehensively facilitates the investigation.
Today, July 29, Hluhoveria filed a resignation report that was immediately granted.
On July 27, President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded that Interior Minister Arsen Avakov immediately fire Hluhoveria following the release of the scandalous video that sparked public outrage.
On July 28, Hlukhoveria said he was ready to provide all information available to investigate the incident with the detention of patrol police officers.