Romani Stanislav Tomás died after police 'knee on neck' arrest. Justice NOW!

Romani Stanislav Tomás died after police 'knee on neck' arrest. Justice NOW!

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Sarah Bedak-Radic started this petition to Embassy of the Czech Republic in Canberra and

On the 19th June 2021, young Romani Gypsy man Stanislav Tomás was forcefully restrained by police officers in Czech Republic town of Teplice, and died in the ambulance on the way to hospital. Footage of his arrest show an officer kneeling on Stanislav Tomás neck for 6 minutes, in a manner reminiscent of the action which killed the Black American man, George Floyd in May 2020. 

While the autopsy results released by the police state that his cause of death was unrelated to the actions of the police, it is concerning that the disproportionate use of force used to restrain him at best demonstrates negligence on the part of the attending police officers. Regardless of the actual manner by which he died, a young Romani man has lost his life while in custody of police officers who had a duty of care towards him.

We ask you to join The European Romani Rights Centre, the Council of Europe and Amnesty International  in calling for a thorough and independent investigation into Stanislav Tomás death while in Czech Republic police custody. 

#sayhisname Stanislav Tomás

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