Czech Cops Won’t Be Prosecuted For Kneeling Down Romani Man

According to the General Inspectorate of Security Forces, the police officers who intervened in Teplice against a Romani man, who later died in an ambulance, did not commit a crime.

The General Inspectorate of Security Forces (GIBS) will not initiate criminal proceedings against police officers who were to “kneel” in Teplice on a man who then died in an ambulance. This was stated by GIBS spokeswoman Ivana Nguyenová.

“After evaluating the collected materials, the GIBS police body states that it does not currently see a crime in the actions of the intervening police officers. He is therefore not competent in the matter and therefore will not initiate criminal proceedings, “the spokeswoman explained.

She went on to say that the inspectorate will continue to monitor the situation using publicly available sources and will learn about new police information on a regular basis.

Jan Hamáek (SSD), the Minister of the Interior, also defended the police. Drugs, he claims, are unquestionably to blame for death. “It is proper to convey our condolences to the bereaved, but one important fact must be remembered: the man was killed by drugs. He would still be with us if he hadn’t taken them “, twitted the minister.

The Council of Europe and the Czech branch of the human rights organization Amnesty International, which described the police intervention as rude and illegal, called for a thorough investigation into the incident.