A Greek Roma teenager who was shot in the head during a police chase over an alleged unpaid bill at a gas station has died, the hospital treating him and members of the Roma community said Tuesday. Said to
A 16-year-old boy was hospitalized in the northern city of Thessaloniki for more than a week after he was shot by a police officer on a motorcycle in the early hours of December 5 after the teen allegedly refueled his truck at a gas station and went away. 20 euro ($21) account without paying the rent.
The shooting followed several days of violent protests by members of the Roma community in Thessaloniki, Athens and other parts of Greece, despite calls for calm from community leaders and some of the youth’s relatives.
“Everyone here is crying. It is unfair for a child to leave like this,” said Antonis Tassios, secretary of the Roma community where the teen lived, confirming his death. “it hurts a lot.”
The hospital treating the boy, which was not officially named, said the 16-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition in the intensive care unit after emergency surgery, but died on Tuesday morning, despite all the efforts of medical staff. It was done.
The 34-year-old police officer accused of firing the shots has been suspended and placed under house arrest since Friday, pending a court decision on whether to stand trial on possible charges of attempted murder and misdemeanor. To carry your weapon illegally.
Police have said the teen tried to ram his truck into police motorcycles involved in the chase, and the officer said during his first court appearance last week that he fired the weapon because he feared for the lives of his comrades. Was afraid