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MORE POLICE VIOLENCE.

Berne authorities continue to investigate the death of a Turkish man arrested by the city police there. Police were called to the scene on July 3 by neighbours reporting domestic violence and were unable to lure the 42 year-old Cemal G. from the balcony of his apartment. They are said to have used excessive force in taking Cemal G. into custody including several blows to his head with their billy clubs, and injected him with a sedative after they had difficulty containing him. Shortly thereafter the man went into cardiac arrest, went unconscious after being resuscitated, and died in the hospital four days later.

Although the official autopsy revealed the man did not die as a result of any cranial or head injuries, and therefore did not die as a direct result of the police beating, the police's "overzealous' conduct, as it has been described by civil rights groups, remains under scrutiny.

Berne authorities have also come under fire for not acting on their previous knowledge of the late victim's psychological condition. The city's social divisions had been aware of the victim's psychological instability well before the chain of events leading to his death occurred. The origin of the domestic dispute was apparently a disagreement between Cemal G. and his oldest child, who insisted on going to her school's annual festival despite her father's orders not to.
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Title Annotation:Berne, Switzerland, investigation of suspicious death
Comment:MORE POLICE VIOLENCE.(Berne, Switzerland, investigation of suspicious death)
Publication:Swiss News
Geographic Code:4EXSI
Date:Sep 1, 2001
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