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Police unions support Kaliňák and Packa, NGOs want them out

In the aftermath of the release of scandalous videos showing grave police misconduct in Košice, representatives of police unions have stated they want Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák and Police President Ján Packa to remain in their posts, the SITA newswire wrote.

In the aftermath of the release of scandalous videos showing grave police misconduct in Košice, representatives of police unions have stated they want Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák and Police President Ján Packa to remain in their posts, the SITA newswire wrote.

Several opposition politicians, non-governmental organizations and civil associations have initiated a collective public call for the interior minister, the police president, and the regional police director to resign from their posts in response to the incident of police brutality that happened on March 21 at a police station in Košice, wrote the daily Sme.

Half a dozen videos shot by police themselves show six Roma children being forced to strip naked, kiss each other on the cheek and then strike each other in the face, as seen on the video obtained by Sme.

However, the leadership of the Police Union (OZP) wrote in its statement that the union is participating in dealing with the case of the “Košice policemen” and considers the thus-far taken steps sufficient.

According to the unionists, since the minister and police president took up their posts, they have been systematically dealing with a number of problems which no other interior minister or police president did before.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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