The concentration of drugs in the body of Bartosz Sokołowski could not have led to his death – said on Wednesday the representatives of the family of the 34-year-old, who died after a police intervention in Lubin. Lawyers presented the results of a private post mortem examination, which was carried out in the Czech Republic at the request of the deceased man’s family. The local specialists – similarly to the experts appointed by the Polish prosecutor’s office – did not state unequivocally what was the direct cause of death.
Bartosz Sokołowski’s parents, accompanied by their attorneys, organized a press conference. During the meeting with journalists, the results of the private autopsy of the deceased man were announced. It was carried out – in the Czech Republic – after the Polish section and after the body of the 34-year-old was released to relatives.
Family representative: psychoactive substances could not lead to death
– The most important conclusions are that the concentration of psychoactive substances in Bartek’s body could not have led to his death. This is in contradiction with the information publicly communicated by the police on the basis of the Polish section – said Renata Kolerska, representative of the deceased’s family.
She stressed that Czech experts conducted an autopsy after Polish specialists in the field of forensic medicine.
– They did not find a direct cause of death. However, they drew attention to blood in the lungs, bronchi, injuries of the larynx and changes in the brain that occurred while Bartek was still alive. The changes took place – as Czech specialists emphasized – due to the lack of adequate ventilation and hypoxia – said Kolerska.
Convergence in the results of both sections
Plenipotentiaries noted that Polish specialists also found the same injuries.
– We know that the prosecutor’s office decided to ask the experts for a supplementary opinion. Specialists will have access to secured recordings so that they can more accurately assess when and why Bartek died. If the findings of the experts are still consistent with the opinion of Czech specialists, we will not ask for the results of the private section to be included in the case files, said Renata Kolerska.
So are there any discrepancies between the results of the work of Polish and Czech experts? Mecenas Kolerska points out that the Polish section stated “toxic concentration of psychoactive substances in the body”.
– On this basis, the police narrated that Bartek died of drugs. Thanks to the Czech opinion, we are sure that this is not true. They found the presence of drugs, but certainly psychoactive substances could not lead to death – said the lawyer.
– Do drug concentration values coincide in both opinions of toxicologists? – journalists asked, but attorney Kolerska did not clearly answer the question. She indicated that such aspects “will certainly be meticulously checked by the court”.
Death after police intervention
Bartosz Sokołowski died on August 6 after police intervention. The man – as the parents of the 34-year-old admitted – was addicted to drugs. In the morning he came back, appeared in front of the apartment block where he lived and threw pebbles at the window so that someone could open the door for him. Mother called the police. Officers appeared on the spot.
Inhabitants of the neighboring block recorded the course of the intervention. The film went online. You can see the policemen trying to overpower the man who is lying on the ground for a few minutes. The 34-year-old screams and tries to break away. The two officers are joined by another, as well as a man in a white sweatshirt with a backpack (probably a plainclothes policeman). The four of them lean over the lying person, trying to overpower him. After a while, they move the man to the police car, but they fail to put him there. Bartosz is lying on the street, next to a police car. At some point, she stops screaming and breaking free. He’s probably losing consciousness. The video shows how one of the officers tries to seduce the 34-year-old with a pat in the face. The police maintain that the officers called an ambulance and handed over to the rescuers a man who had his vital functions preserved.
Police: Drugs could have had an impact on death
Toxicological tests were performed on the material collected during the autopsy of the 34-year-old. The spokesman of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Łódź, prosecutor Krzysztof Kopania, said that “the opinions of experts from the Department of Forensic Medicine of the Medical University of Wroclaw show that the blood and urine tests showed the presence of methamphetamine and amphetamine in toxic concentrations”. – As noted by the experts, these substances in such concentrations can cause cardiac arrhythmias, including those leading to circulatory disturbances and death. In addition, the presence of many psychotropic drugs was found – informed Kopania.
Press spokesman of the Police Commander in Chief Inspector Mariusz Ciarka reported on TVN24 the results of the post-mortem examination and the statement of the Łódź prosecutor’s office in this case. – Toxicology studies found such toxic, large amounts of various drugs in the blood, urine and liver that could have caused death, specifically the cessation of the heart in this boy – he said.
– Of course, this needs to be clarified, it does not close the case yet – the spokesman pointed out. He said that the statement in this case “indicated that an earlier post-mortem had not revealed any bodily injuries that could have contributed to this death.” – These two pieces of information are already very important for the public opinion – added Ciarka.
Recordings of lifeguard calls
Police said the man was alive at the time he was taken over by the rescue team. However, Onet journalists they got to the recordingsthat challenge this version. It is about the records of the conversations of the ambulance crew, who were called on August 6 to help the man.
Reporters got to seven tapes. The first was registered before the ambulance reached the block where the policemen tried to stop the man. During a conversation with the officer on duty in Lubin, the rescuers learn that “the patient has gone, but he is screaming again, so he must have recovered”. The ambulance team at one point hears the voice of a policeman asking where the ambulance is.
The second recording shows that the rescuers did not try to save the 34-year-old, because at the time of their arrival the man was already dead. The lifeguard told the dispatcher that “we have a death in the ambulance.”
– We went there to the site of this intervention and it turned out that the patient was dead. We took him to the ambulance, to be examined there – she told the dispatcher, who was clearly surprised and asked why the ambulance team had decided to take the deceased patient.
The lifeguard replied that the man was in handcuffs and “we had to take him to get all the parameters there, because we had nothing to test in this rain on the street”. Subsequent recordings show that the ambulance team wondered who and when would be able to confirm the death of the man. In a conversation with another dispatcher, the lifeguard reported that the ambulance drove up to the Hospital Emergency Department so that the doctor on duty could confirm the death. However, she notes that they were refused in the hospital.
Main photo source: Marlena Najman