Czech ‘George Floyd case’ raises questions about treatment of Romany minority

Police treatment of the Roma community has been put in the spotlight by a shocking incident, reports William Nattrass in Prague

Friday 25 June 2021 08:47
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Video shows policeman kneeling on man's neck in Teplice, Czech Republic

A video showing a police officer appearing to kneel on the neck of a Romany man, who later died in an ambulance, is raising urgent questions about discrimination against the Czech Republic’s Roma community.

The video, shot in Teplice in the northwest of the country, on 19 June, shows two police officers holding 46-year-old Stanislav Tomáš to the ground.

One officer pins down the man’s feet, while the other appears to kneel on his neck. Disturbing screams and groans punctuate the five-minute ordeal, which comes to an end with Tomáš lying limply on the pavement. He died in an ambulance soon afterwards.

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