As reported by Censor.NET citing Mykolaiv news website Novosti-N, details of the accident remain unclear.
The news outlet reported that in early hours of Wednesday, Aug. 24, employees of local police office in Kryve Ozero of the Mykolaiv region beat a young man to death.
According to Novosti-N, the incident started in the house of the victim at night. The man had a quarrel with his wife, after which she called the police. Three policemen arrived to the household and put handcuffs on the man's hand; they were subsequently joined by three more officers who together started beating the man in front of his wife, mother, and two kids.
The man, Oleksandr Tsukerman, 31, died as a result of the beating. Neighbors say they are a well-to-do family and describe Tsukerman positively.
Following the incident, about 200 locals gathered at the killed man's house. They did not allow the police take the body to Pervomaisk for an expertise saying that Pervomaisk police is corrupt.
Later, all six policemen were detained under article 208 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and were supposed to be transferred to Mykolaiv.
However, several hundred locals of Kryve Ozero gathered at the prosecutor's office building.
As the detained were brought out of the building, the people attacked them. As the detained policemen were put inside a police vehicle, the people attempted to flip it over.
Several police officers were injured during the conflict.
Mykolaiv region police later released their own version of the events. As reported by the press office of the local police department, at 3 a.m. Aug. 24, Kryve Ozero police office was contacted by a 46-year-old local saying he was beaten by a 32-year-old man. Another call came in stating that the same man was conducting violence in his own yard.
Police arrived at the scene and attempted to calm the man down, they report. However, they say, he resisted the officers. The policemen put handcuffs on him, but the man started to feel bad and subsequently died.
Mykolaiv regional prosecutors arrived at the scene. Criminal investigation under article 365 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, stipulating for up to 10 years in prison, has been initiated.
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