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25-year-old Ukrainian dies in Poland after police brutally beat him

Source : 112 Ukraine

Law enforcement officers sat on the man, pressed his head to the floor with a knee, tied him to the bed, beat him with fists and a baton and strangled him
17:43, 2 September 2021

Dmytro Nikiforenko, who died in Poland
Gazeta Wyborcza

25-year-old Dmytro Nykyforenko died in Poland after being detained by police and severely beaten. This was reported by Gazeta Wyborcza.

It is known that the Ukrainian was returning home by bus after drinking alcohol with colleagues. According to one version, he fell asleep on the bus, according to another - behaved strangely and hit his head on the window.

The bus driver called an ambulance, and she called a police patrol. 1.5 ppm of alcohol was found in Nykyforenko’s blood.

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Police allege that the man was aggressive towards the police officer and therefore the police used gas and handcuffs on him.

The publication notes that a video from surveillance cameras in a sobering-up station in Wroclaw was received, and claims that the Ukrainian was unjustifiably abused.

It is reported that the footage shows how Nykyforenko entered the room at 22:27 with a characteristic spot from the use of tear gas. When the handcuffs were taken off, the man tried to get up. At that moment, six people attacked him - law enforcement officers and a sobering-up staff. They sat on the man, pressed his head to the floor with a knee, tied him to the bed, punched him, beat him with a baton and strangled him. This treatment lasted for half an hour, until the doctor intervened. The Ukrainian could not be resuscitated and died at 11:53 p.m. Dmytro Nykyforenko died in a sobering-up station in Wroclaw on July 30.

The official cause of death of the Ukrainian has not been established yet.

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The Svydnytsia District Prosecutor's Office is investigating the Ukrainian's death. The case was transferred there to avoid accusations of bias. Investigators are waiting for the results of the autopsy; additional tests are scheduled.

Four police officers were fired after the article was published, and two more were relieved of duties.

As it was reported earlier, seven unknown people attacked a Ukrainian in Poland and threw bottles at him.

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