On Thursday, at the behest of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Szczecin, eight people were arrested in the investigation into the death of a 25-year-old citizen of Ukraine. According to the prosecutor’s office, four of the detained persons – at the time of the incident – were police officers. Dmytro died in July – after a police intervention – in the Wrocław sobering-up center. Among other things, it was to be beaten and stewed.
The detentions took place on Thursday. Currently activities are carried out with people.
– I can confirm that on the order of the district prosecutor – in the investigation into the death of a 25-year-old citizen of Ukraine – eight people were arrested, four of whom were police officers at the time of the incident. We will be able to provide more information after completing the activities – informs Ewa Obarek from the District Prosecutor’s Office in Szczecin.
Three policemen dismissed from service
The Provincial Police Commander in Wrocław, referring to the “important interest of the service”, one by one gets rid of the officers participating in the intervention in the Wrocław sobering-up center. On Wednesday, the Lower Silesian command announced the dismissal of a third policeman from service.
“The dismissal took place in the manner specified in Article 41 (2) (5) of the Police Act, i.e. when an important interest of the service requires it, in connection with the use of a direct coercive measure by an officer in the form of physical force contrary to the applicable regulations” – we read in the release .
He was supposed to be aggressive and ended up in the Wrocław sobering-up center
On July 30, Dmytro Nikiforenko was having a barbecue with his friends. The men drank alcohol. Late in the afternoon, the 25-year-old was returning from the party by bus N. During the ride, however, he fell asleep and reached the final stop of Petrusewicz. It was impossible to establish contact with the man, the driver called an ambulance for him. However, the rescuers did not see any grounds to transport the drunk 25-year-old to the hospital. The police were called to the scene.
The man was taken to the Wrocław Center for Drunken Persons. The police said he had behaved very aggressively during the intervention. The prosecutor’s office confirmed that the Ukrainian citizen died on the same day he was brought to the sobering-up center. There – as the information from “Gazeta Wyborcza Wrocław” revealed – he was to be beaten and strangled, the policemen were to use truncheons and gas on him.
Stop after a bus ride and prosecution investigation
The dramatic circumstances of the death of Dmitry Nikiforenko did not come to light until a month after the event itself. Initially, the police reported that the Ukrainian citizen was alleged to be aggressive. Later, more material contradicting this version began to come to light.
The recordings from the monitoring cameras of the bus of the Municipal Transport Company in Wrocław, in which the 25-year-old traveled, shows that the man was calm for at least a few hours. Moreover, there was hardly any contact with him.
Krzysztof Balawejder, president of MPK Wrocław, also told us about his behavior: – From the information I received from the driver, as well as after a detailed monitoring analysis, I can clearly say that the passenger behaved calmly throughout the journey. Both during the entire journey and later during a very long, over 1.5-hour intervention by ambulance workers.
The investigation in this case from Wrocław – still in August – went to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Świdnica. According to its spokesman, Tomasz Orepuk, the proceedings are aimed at manslaughter of a man. Nobody – so far – has heard about the charges.
At the end of September, Krzysztof Budnik, one of the representatives of the family of the deceased citizen of Ukraine, announced that the investigation into the death of the 25-year-old had been moved from Świdnica to Szczecin.
Main photo source: TVN24 Wrocław