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Drug checks in Ger­many spark at­tacks on po­lice

Crime: 19 of­fi­cers in­jured with 24 peo­ple ar­rested

- Crime · Terrorism · Incidents · Germany · Stuttgart · Fritz Kuhn

Twenty-four peo­ple were ar­rested and 19 po­lice of­fi­cers in­jured af­ter a check for drugs sparked at­tacks on of­fi­cers and ve­hi­cles, fol­lowed by wide­spread van­dal­ism in Stuttgart city cen­tre over the week­end.

Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple were in­volved in the in­ci­dent, which started af­ter of­fi­cers stopped a 17-year-old on sus­pi­cion of drug pos­ses­sion as peo­ple par­tied out­side at around 11.30pm on Satur­day, po­lice said. By­standers threw stones and bot­tles, and smaller groups ran through sur­round­ing streets break­ing shop win­dows, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cers.

Po­lice said 40 busi­nesses were van­dalised and nine of them looted, while 12 po­lice ve­hi­cles were dam­aged be­fore of­fi­cers brought the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol at around 4am.

The vi­o­lence had no ap­par­ent political mo­ti­va­tion, po­lice of­fi­cials said at a news con­fer­ence.

They said the teenage sus­pect ini­tially stopped was a white Ger­man ci­ti­zen and that of the two dozen peo­ple ar­rested, half held Ger­man pass­ports and half were cit­i­zens of other coun­tries.

Stuttgart mayor Fritz Kuhn, a mem­ber of the environmen­talist Greens party, called the at­tacks on po­lice “un­ac­cept­able”.

He said that more peo­ple were on the street on Satur­day night be­cause many clubs and dis­cos re­mained closed due to the coro­n­avirus out­break and that the party scene in a cen­tral park had drawn peo­ple from the sur­round­ing area.

“One cause was likely al­co­hol, an­other the ad­dic­tion to so­cial me­dia film clips,” Mr Kuhn said.

Video taken on mo­bile phones pur­port­ing to be of events cir­cu­lated widely on so­cial me­dia, with po­lice ask­ing wit­nesses to up­load footage that could as­sist their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

 ??  ?? Some of the van­dal­ism caused to shops in Stuttgart
Some of the van­dal­ism caused to shops in Stuttgart

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