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Man dies two weeks after police attack

The Local · 20 Oct 2012, 11:48

Published: 20 Oct 2012 11:48 GMT+02:00

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The attack, which was captured on film, included the use of pepper spray kicking him in the head and setting a dog on him.

After receiving emergency surgery the man, identified only as André C., appeared no longer to have been in a life threatening condition. But police said in a statement that the 50-year-old died on Friday in hospital, the Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Saturday.

The cause of death would be confirmed through an autopsy, the statement added. Two officers who used violent tactics to subdue him are being investigated for manslaughter.

A passerby filmed police attacking André C. after he was seen walking through the streets of the city's Wedding district holding two knives and carrying an axe in his waistband. The investigation into the officers was only initiated after this video was loaded onto Youtube.

The footage shows five officers surrounding the man sitting on the ground. They can be seen spraying him twice with pepper spray, hitting him on the arm with a baton, and kicking him in the back of the neck. One officer then appears to let a police dog bite him in the head.

A police car arrived and two officers jumped out of the car holding firearms. The situation escalated when the he moved to attack the officers after they called on him to drop his weapons.

"My uncle is usually a really nice guy who wouldn't do anything to anyone," 23-year-old Martin K. told Bild after the attack. "He just drinks a bit too much. His son died 10 years ago in an accident in Thailand, and his father died six weeks ago. He hasn't really got over it yet."

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State criminal investigators launched a routine investigation to determine whether the police's violence was appropriate, while police unions were quick to defend the officers shortly after the incident took place. They have not released a statement following the victim's death, though.

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15:46 October 20, 2012 by adipk
No Body is raising voice, no comment no reaction at all. At least we can condemn this action here. If this is immigration related news than one can observe huge debate. God Bless that poor man.
16:25 October 20, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Suicide by Cop
16:54 October 20, 2012 by joysonabraham

Probably because people can see the difference between injustice due to bias and overzealous use of tools to deliver justice or overuse of tools to prevent injustice/crime, what ever.

ultimately lose of life is never good, doesn't matter whose life. Indirectly it affect the people who come to know about the incident. Directly affect the life of victim, his relatives and those who paved the way knowingly or unknowingly to such an outcome.
17:27 October 20, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Sorry to hear about this but it doesn't change the fact the police were in a situation that they had to make safe a dangerous situation.
17:55 October 20, 2012 by Englishted
Dangerous situation yes ,kick in the head,looks like a case to answer at least.
20:50 October 20, 2012 by bwjijsdtd
I don't think this was suicide by cop as much as it was over reacting by cop ... five policeman and one man and they cannot handle him ... all they had to do was let the dog lose and then follow-up ... seems there is a lot of this lately ... maybe the cops need to carry nets in their cars like they use on animals ... cover with the net and it is all over ... kicking someone in the head ... that calls for some serious jail time.
21:14 October 20, 2012 by raandy
Berlin fuer alles you think killing this injured individual created a safe situation???

The police all 6 or 7 of them need to go back to the "Police Training" School" sad situation that you continue to defend even after the video clearly shows this a brutal police take down that could have been handled much more professionally with better tools and training.
00:41 October 21, 2012 by oneforall
That poor guy was grieving due to the death of his son and then of his father. Clearly he was mentally disturbed due to these tragedies. Instead of using non-lethal methods of subduing a person, the cops resorted to vengeful violence - maybe due to the lack of training to handle such situations or sheer incompetence.

What a pity, what a pity. And the police unions showing 'solidarity', maybe they need to be little more objective.
08:53 October 21, 2012 by wood artist
Three realities...

1. The police union will automatically defend the actions of the officers, regardless of the truth, using the "if you knew what we knew" defense even if the video shows the complete opposite.

2. The officers responding probably had no idea of the man's mental condition. They likewise probably little or no effort to find out. It's just easier to assume the worst, and all that "talking somebody down" is just a complete waste of time.

3. The absolute last step for any situation is to draw a weapon, simply because you're far more likely to us it once it's out of the holster. Yet, the officers in the car arrived with weapons drawn. Why? How could they possibly know what had happened, what was happening, or what could be done to defuse the situation.

I'm speaking here are a former law enforcement officer in the US, and everything about this situation is a mess. I agree that the victim presented a potential danger to himself and the community with his initial actions. Beyond that, the officers (based upon the video and the information in the article) did just about everything wrong that could be done short of shooting him outright. There is no evidence that this death was necessary, and a lot of evidence that suggests it should never have happened.

15:37 October 21, 2012 by catjones
I just got back from the future. The investigation of this police attack is ongoing along with the Duisburg tragedy.
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