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Politicians bicker over police attacker penalties

DDP/The Local · 26 Apr 2010, 08:42

Published: 26 Apr 2010 08:42 GMT+02:00

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Head of the parliamentary interior committee and member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) Wolfgang Bosbach called for maximum sentences for violence against police to be raised from two to five years.

In an interview with daily Die Welt, the politician accused Justice Minister and member of junior coalition party the Free Democrats (FDP) Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger of trivialising the problem. The minister’s plans to change punishments against such offenders don’t go far enough, he said.

“The proposal shows how problematic the minister finds better protection for police,” he told the paper, adding that it would be unacceptable for such behaviour to continue being punished as a petty offence because there is currently no minimum sentence.

“Those who partially or completely damage a police vehicle are threatened with five years in prison according to current law. Those who injure a police officer are only threatened with two years. That is absolutely incomprehensible,” Bosbach said.

Meanwhile Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger rejected the criticism, which has also been echoed by Interior Minister and CDU member Thomas de Maizière.

“Hectic sentence increases” do not increase security, she told news magazine Der Spiegel.

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May 1st, also known as May Day, is the traditional day of protest for leftists and has traditionally led to violent clashes between protesters and police, particularly in the Berlin districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.

The police union warned recently that in the face of security gaps and overstretched police, the mounting threat of radical political violence could explode on this day and possibly lead to deaths and hundreds of injuries.

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10:15 April 26, 2010 by William Thirteen
with the chaoten in kreuzberg and the nazis in pberg what's a helmet wearin', truncheon carryin' party monster to do this saturday night?
11:50 April 26, 2010 by twisted
I hope the cops beat the sh-t out of them if they start any violence. Cops don't get paid enough to put up with all the sh-t they are subject to.
11:57 April 26, 2010 by William Thirteen
mmm...a license for violence as compensatory employment benefit...well that certainly is one way to keep the wages down!
14:51 April 26, 2010 by Zobirdie
I don't understand why these riots even happen. Not to sound like a prissy North American, but how often do you hear about Riots in NA? Yes, I do remember the Battle for Seattle and the brohaha in Quebec, but isn't that whole lefty violence gig so last decade?

I'm sorry, but the police should put these rioters down HARD if they attack the police. They have every right to a peaceful demonstration, but if you attack the cops, you get what you deserve. Especially when a lot of these protestors are upper middle class yuppie kids and who think they have a free licence to raise a little hell on May 1st.
21:27 April 26, 2010 by wmm208
They should tag, chip and track these lazy youth so the authorities wont have a problem with these loosers again. NWO!
10:13 April 27, 2010 by William Thirteen
it's so painfully obvious that none of you copsuckers actually live in Berlin or have witnessed the May Day demonstrations first hand. But don't let that stop you from bloviating!
13:28 April 29, 2010 by dbert4
@William Thirteen - I'm assuming by your comment that you have. If so, please tell us how it is? I'm interested to know.
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