Questions over police intervention against a man with a knife in Bratislava

The man was detained in the centre of the capital. A video of the intervention shows some questionable moments.

An armed man was roaming the streets of Old Town in Bratislava, police reported on Facebook in the early afternoon of July 8.

“Bratislava police officers are intervening on Prepoštská Street in Bratislava, where a man armed with a knife is moving,” the police wrote.

The man has been detained by police and no injuries have been reported.

However, shortly after the intervention, a video that an onlooker took from a window above the scene appeared online, showing two officers shouting vulgar offences at the man with the knife.

There is also a shot where the man they are intervening against says "You cannot be serious gentlemen, shooting a rubber projectile into my leg."

The police on the scene were then aided by more officers in SWAT gear. In the video, some appear to be kicking the man after he surrendered, threw away the knife and fell on the ground.

The Police Corps Presidium is dealing with the intervention after the video was aired.

It is not possible to tell if the intervention was adequate and well-performed, the first vice-president Jana Maškarová said, as reported by the TASR newswire. She maintained, however, that caution was in place in this case. The man had a backpack and the police officers had to also take into account that he could have an explosive in it.

The control department of the police presidium will deal with the case.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Why I am not losing hope in the USA

Letter to friends during the pandemic.

People maintain social distance as they ride a roller coaster at Worlds of Fun amusement park in Kansas City.

State company advertised on radio owned by speaker of parliament

He said that the company also had advertisements on the radio before he became speaker of parliament.

Boris Kollár

Slovakia expelled three Russian diplomats

Foreign Affairs Ministry points to the recent St. Petersburg scandal.

Minister Ivan Korčok