Naked Prisoner Beaten to Death Inside His Cell by Belgian SWAT

Naked Prisoner Beaten to Death Inside His Cell by Belgian SWAT

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:

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95 thoughts on “Naked Prisoner Beaten to Death Inside His Cell by Belgian SWAT”

      1. I don’t expect them to go in without appropriate protection but THAT was overkill in every sense of the word!

        It appears to me that they went in there with the agenda to kill him and that is just what they achieved.
        I don’t think it would have been out of line to have 3 officers go in and administer a sedative then back out and wait for it to take affect and then re-enter to complete their mission.But it looks like their agenda was to take him out, permanently.

      2. Riiiiiight. Lets say for sake of argument this fella is bona fide crazy.
        So the correctional officers get armored to the tit, and give him the business… I mean clearly this crazed individual has super human strength like the exorcist n’ shit. dude yoo stoopid.

        1. Agree! I’ve wondered about that too. It would be a win-win situation. The inmate is less likely to harm himself or be harmed by the guards, and the guards would avoid injury themselves. The prison itself would be less vulnerable to costly medical bills (for the employees), bad PR, and litigation.

    1. I don’t think they were equipped to handle someone behaving like this. Not that this gives them the right to kill someone, but it does mean they need far more training in dealing with people who have mental have issues.

      1. This guy didn’t even had a chance. Eight guys in seat gears? Seriously? Just taser him, problem solve. Who ever sees there is nothing wrong with the vid, you should be in that cell getting your ass beat too!

  1. The police in most countries tend to suffer from GSIS, (get stuck in syndrome), they see a chance for some action and by Crom atop his mountain do they get stuck in.

    Otherwise known as SCS (small cock syndrome) and ICBTPMFTSS (I cant believe they pay me for this shit syndrome).

    1. Haha that’s all I could think of too!!! Jon Jacob jingleheimer schmit….im so glad his name is not my name too….in his cell he can’t get out….the po pos more than knocked him out….jon jacob jingleheimer schmit! Blah blah blah!

  2. I don’t think law enforcement folks have too much regard for people with mental health problems or even care that they have a condition they can’t help. It’s pretty common where I live in Florida for the police to beat the hell out of mentally ill people. The state supreme court here actually issued an order for the state prison guards to stop spraying huge amounts of pepper spray into the small, unventilated confinement cells where mentally ill people are kept because so many of them were suffering huge burns all over their body. I guess some officers think it’s fun to torture the mentally ill, like they aren’t suffering enough already.

        1. @mrosef- it is actually. I’m in one of my “moods” today. Lol. Figured if i looked at it all day, it would prevent me from sitting on it too much!! So far its working! I was able to get my [almost] 4 miles in AND enjoy BG at the same time! Granted i was almost hit by an SUV because Sonique was blaring in my ears- and my eyes were buried in my phone- but all is well that ends well- i guess! Lol

  3. It looks like they thru a tear gas canister instead of using OC spray which would explain all that damn smoke…you really can’t seeing anything but black in that video, the victims is covered by a bunch hacks who most likely killed him by sitting on him.

  4. poor bastard let down by the fucking health professionals no surprise really happeneds all over the world, but fuck i do feel for him. police all over the world are spineless a-holes and 8 on to 1 with riot gear is fucking taking the piss seriously WTF. cowards nothing but cowards the police were probably worried they might break a nail fucking pricks

  5. worst of all: not one got punished yet, this happend 3 years ago, now a week ago the images came above water. thx to the father of the victim
    policefiles have been manipulated trying to cover this.
    one got ordered to present himself before court, not even happend yet, and they all still work as swat
    ashamed to be a belgian right now

  6. I wonder how the cop in the back feels? He is holding on to the shoulders of the cop in front of him, and is like a weak animal trying to get a bite of the dead animal food. He is left with the scraps. That is why these cops are so brutal, they have to watch for the first 50 times then they get all jacked up and beat the shit out of these guys.

  7. Co…ups…PIGS are trained to do violent stuff. Like professional legal thugs they need to exercise violence on someone from time to time, to “make them feel alive”.
    It’s like drug. PIGS then proving to each other they “tough”. It’s a PIG thing.

  8. Swat 1We need to neutralize him with overwhelming force so we can give him the tranquilizer

    hours later…

    Swat 1: Subject neutralized, administer the tranquilizer.

    Swat 2: Sir subject is dead.

    Swat 1: Well we won’t be needing the tranquilizer then

    Swat 2: …..

    Swat 1: Tranquilized, dead same shit.

    On a more serious note the only difference between these guys and thugs/gangstas and cartels, they have a badge.

  9. so… SWAT doesn’t get CPR training let alone the med examiner? Not even a couple of pumps timed to “Stayin’ Alive?” Look… I once transported a dude hopped out on drugs while in the hospital and it took me and four others to hold him down when he freaked. But this vid shows absolutely no attempt to revive.

  10. I’ve got info from the 1st line (although i’m not gonna disclose my relationship to the situation) and well shit happens. The Bijzonder Bijstands-Team (BBT), like we call our swat-teams, just hasn’t got much of a choice sometimes.
    “Oh no poor boy, he’s already naked and now they’re gonna beat him :'(” Well the clever dude that wasn’t new to fighting, knew very well why he took his clothes off himself.
    That being said, the BBT went too rough on him. Not like “out of this world” too rough, but it certainly was a little overdone. The number of guys, the grenade, the stick, all understandable. But the appliance of pressure on his chest apparently played a huge role in his death, and this wasn’t necessary. Sad story but it was an accident…if they just would’ve waited he probably would be alive. (It’s got a really complicated backstory involving the psychiatric wards in the region… but it’s not just a helpless naked boy being executed by a S.W.A.T.)

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