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Rhineland taxpayers foot bill for prosecutors' karate lessons

The Local · 23 Nov 2010, 14:11

Published: 23 Nov 2010 14:11 GMT+01:00

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In a parliamentary committee hearing on Tuesday, the pro-business Free Democratic Party demanded that the state government explain why Justice Ministry employees in the city of Wuppertal were being financed to take martial arts courses.

The party dismissed such courses as inappropriate, saying the state prosecution was “not a fighting unit.”

The parliamentary justice committee hearing in the Düsseldorf that examined the issue was titled, “Karate course for state prosecutors.”

A spokeswoman for the North Rhine-Westphalia Justice Ministry said the classes were not organized by the state as such. But there had been a sense of “insecurity” among state prosecution staff following “verbal attacks” by people visiting their offices, the spokeswoman said.

Financing for self-defence lessons had therefore been approved for staff to learn “techniques of de-escalation” to deflect possible physical attacks. It was not known whether any violent attacks had actually been made on staff.

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16:04 November 23, 2010 by Landmine
Well, good to know next time a of the State prosecution staff member feels threatened, - they can kick your a$$...
23:12 November 23, 2010 by Lachner
I practice that same martial arts style called "Kyokushin Karate" which is one of the toughest self-defense and fighting styles in the World. Therefore, the Wuppertal state prosecutors are well prepared to defend themselves in case of any verbal abuse or criminal attack. I strongly encourage anyone looking to learn how to defend themselves to practice this sport.
00:03 November 24, 2010 by Prufrock2010
This is a joke, right?
08:17 November 24, 2010 by adipk
Its really funny. I am feeling something else
21:28 November 24, 2010 by tianju
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05:34 November 26, 2010 by parografik
I love Landmine's comment, but I have known several court officer's where I live in the U.S., and I think self defense training would almost be a requirement for anyone working in the system.

I know for a fact that when Samual L. Jackson feels threatened, his first course of action is to "kick a$$."
14:51 December 1, 2010 by CaSimone
At first glance I thought this is pretty ridculous, but when put into "their perspective" they are in public positions courtroom law enforcements. I rethought and can certainly imagine that I would be very intimidating to be threatened with little recourse... it does make sense to arm these individuals with a method to protect themselves against the criminals they are trying to protect the streets from.
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