Riot Breaks Out In Brussels over The Death Of A Young Black Man Who Collapsed While In Police Custody

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Police in Belgium made 116 arrests after a demonstration in Brussels over the death of a young black man who collapsed while in police custody turned violent.⁣⁣

What started as a peaceful protest abruptly spiraled into a violent standoff between demonstrators and police on Tuesday.

Several hundred protesters, including relatives and friends of a deceased young man identified as Ibrahima Barrie, went to a square in front of the Brussels-North police department to demand answers about the death of the 23-year-old.⁣⁣Despite riot police being deployed to the scene, law enforcement struggled to contain the rioters.

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Closer to evening, the crowd managed to set a local police station on fire.⁣Ibrahima Barrie was detained last weekend.⁣⁣

There are conflicting reports about the circumstances of his arrest.

According to his family’s lawyers, Ibrahima suddenly felt unwell and passed out soon after he arrived at the police station.

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Allegedly, the officers were negligent and left Barrie unconscious for at least five minutes before taking any action.

⁣⁣The Brussels Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation and ordered an autopsy and toxicological examination to determine the exact cause of Barrie’s death.

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