German authorities probing man’s death during police check

May 2, 2022, 7:10 PM | Updated: May 3, 2022, 7:41 am
FILE --Forensics work at the scene where a man died after being stopped by police in Mannheim, Germ...

FILE --Forensics work at the scene where a man died after being stopped by police in Mannheim, Germany, Monday, May 2, 2022. Authorities in Germany are probing the death of a 47-year-old man who collapsed Monday during a police check in the city of Mannheim, prompting allegations of police violence after a video surfaced allegedly showing him being beaten by officers while lying on the ground. (Ren' Priebe/PR-Video/dpa via AP,file)

(Ren' Priebe/PR-Video/dpa via AP,file)

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany are probing the death of a man who collapsed Monday during a police check in the city of Mannheim, drawing allegations of police violence after a video surfaced allegedly showing him being beaten by officers while lying on the ground.

Gokay Akbulut, a federal lawmaker who represents Mannheim, called Tuesday for a thorough investigation of the case, saying it demonstrated the need for an independent complaints procedure.

Police in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said officers were alerted by a doctor at Mannheim’s Central Institute of Mental Health that a patient required help.

The 47-year-old man resisted officers, prompting them to “exert immediate force” whereupon he collapsed and had to be resuscitated, state police said. The man later died in hospital.

A short video posted on social media shows a police officer hitting the head of a man lying on the ground.

Lawmaker Akbulut called for demonstrations “to keep up the pressure so there is a full investigation” and said it was important for police to be properly trained in how to deal with people who have mental health problems.

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German authorities probing man’s death during police check