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Police officer investigated for punching suspect in the head

A high-ranking policeman is under investigation after colleagues reported him for allegedly attacking a suspected fraudster who was being held in the police station cells.

Police officer investigated for punching suspect in the head
The David-watch police station where the incident took place Photo: DPA

The 41-year-old Hamburg officer whose name has not been released, is said to have lost control and hit a 20-year-old who had been arrested, several times on the head, according to the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper.

The man, based at the well-known Davidwache station in central Hamburg, has been moved while the investigation is conducted.

The incident occurred on Wednesday night, the paper reported. The officer was on duty in the station when some of the 12 officers who work under him, brought in the young man having arrested him on the Reeperbahn for alleged fraud.

As the young man was being brought in, he attacked the officers, injuring one woman officer so badly she had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

When the other officers were searching him, their boss came into the room and punched him several times in the head. His deputies reported him, and the case is being looked at by the police internal investigations office.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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