AA / Berlin
A leading human rights organization on Wednesday called for a full investigation into the death of a man who was brutally beaten by police in the southern German city of Mannheim.
“A 47-year-old man died during a brutal police check in #Mannheim on Monday,” the Amadeu Antonio Foundation said on Twitter.
“Allegations are growing that there appears to be a racial motive in this incident. This matter shocks us – and needs to be fully investigated,” the foundation added.
Authorities confirmed that the man was a German citizen of Croatian origin with psychiatric disorders, who was a patient at the Central Institute for Mental Health in Mannheim.
The exact cause of his death was unclear, as he also suffered from other health issues, including heart failure, according to investigators.
A forensic autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death.
Videos circulating on Twitter appeared to show officers using excessive force to subdue the victim, including one of them punching him several times in the face as he lay on the ground.
**Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj
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