Protesters attack Polish police after man’s death in custody

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Protesters threw stones, bricks and other objects at a police station Sunday in a western Polish town in anger over the recent death of a man in police custody.

Polish media reported that about 200 people gathered in front of police headquarters in the town of Lubin lighting candles. At one point about 30 people stormed the building and police used tear gas on them, all-news broadcaster TVN24 said.

In response, the demonstrators started throwing bottles and other objects at police officers and the building, breaking windows. Demonstrators also set fire to a garbage can, which was extinguished by firefighters.

Police said several officers were injured and several dozen demonstrators were detained.

The protests were triggered by video that emerged of three police officers who used physical force on a man who later died.

According to media reports, officers were called to an aggressive and agitated man Thursday. Police said they believed the man had taken drugs.

A video of the intervention has been released online showing three officers who overpower and press the man to the ground.

Police said he died two hours after arriving at a hospital.

Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the death.

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