In January 2010, Belgian SWAT team beat a prisoner with apparent mental health problems to death while he was naked inside his jail cell. 26 year old Jonathan Jacob died from severe internal bleeding and had several internal organs, including liver ripped.
Native of Affligem, Jonathan Jacob was apprehended on January 6, 2010 because he was behaving strangely at a busy intersection in Mortsel, province of Antwerp, Belgium. He was taken to the Mortsel police station where he demonstrated aggressive behavior, apparently induced by being high on amphetamines.
After being examined, the judicial authorities concluded that Jonathan Jacob needed to undertake psychiatric treatment, but the director of the psychiatric ward refused to accept him as a patient. That meant Jonathan Jacob had to go back to the jail cell.
Because he was visibly aggravated, the authorities decided to dope him with a calming injection. In order to administer the injection, they called in the SWAT team.
On February 22, 2013 three years after his death, Belgian TV program VRT Panorama broadcast a CCTV footage which showed eight officers belonging to BBT – Special Intervention Unit of Antwerp’s police force (local version of SWAT) bursting into Jonathan Jacob’s cell, maiming him with a flare, zapping him with a cattle prod and beating him to no end while he was naked and helpless against heavily armed officers. Hours after the beating, while the blood stain was still on the cell’s wall, Jonathan Jacob was pronounced dead.
Police say that they conducted themselves professionally and within their authority, claiming they “acted carefully, respecting the necessary precautions.” Yeah right – eight of them taking on a naked man locked up in a miniature cell with anti riot gear. Necessary precautions?
Slightly more elaborate video of the same incident: