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Riot police attack undercover cops at May Day protest

The Local · 4 May 2011, 13:51

Published: 04 May 2011 13:51 GMT+02:00

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According to police reports the two officers were on duty near the Kottbusser Tor metro station on Sunday when they were suddenly hit by pepper spray and were struck in their faces.

The officers suffered eye irritation and bruises, officials said, who added the investigation was being handled “with priority.” Another six police officers in the area fell temporarily ill from the tear gas.

May Day clashes between left-wing extremist and police have become a tradition in Berlin. This year, about 100 police officers suffered slight injuries and 161 rioters were arrested. Last year, nearly 500 people were arrested.

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14:06 May 4, 2011 by toemag
They probably forgot the secret hand signal.
14:16 May 4, 2011 by willowsdad
Or more likely, the police aren't too picky about who they attack.
14:56 May 4, 2011 by beeker
Operation was planned and supervised Commissioner Dryfus and one of the under covers was Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau who got confused and used the pepper spray on himself.
15:13 May 4, 2011 by MrBowlocks
This is terrible! Funny, though! ;-)
15:16 May 4, 2011 by Wobinidan
What were the undercover police doing? Throwing stones, maybe? Because it seems weird that cops would attack people who were just standing around, so I have to assume that the cops were committing illegal acts. Either that, or it was an unprovoked attack by the police, which is also illegal. So the headline should be 'cops break law'.
15:24 May 4, 2011 by melbournite
What !? Police attacking protestors unprovoked !? Never heard or witnessed that (many times) before.
17:34 May 4, 2011 by Jimberlin
I think these undercover Left protestors diguised at Police who attacked undercover Police disguised as protestors :))))
18:07 May 4, 2011 by LancashireLad
The article leaves me to believe that the uninformed police (intentional) should have recognised their plain clothed colleagues. So who's been messing with who's wife then??
18:11 May 4, 2011 by vonkoenigsberg
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18:18 May 4, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Quick, to bolster your undercover appearance, we will attack you, like normal protestors. Ok? Get ready? Ein, Zwei, Drei,.....
20:09 May 4, 2011 by Englishted

You are going for record number of breaches on ever subject .

09:58 May 5, 2011 by wood artist
Seems like two problems here.

First, the obvious problem of deciding exactly who is "the problem" when in the midst of a riot situation. Only some police wear uniforms, and the rest could be a mix of innocents and actual rioters. In the heat of battle, it's pretty hard to stop and check.

Second, this does suggest there are some issues with "police brutality." I don't generally side with the rioters, but sometimes it is true the police can get out of line. Not to sure about this time, but it does raise the question.

11:47 May 5, 2011 by Johnne

You`ve said it all! just hit the nail there. :-D
03:22 May 6, 2011 by 2look
Some comments are way too funny! to combine some of the ideas you guys gave I suggest: inspector Clouseau was disguised as a protestor, spraying pepper on himself hence provoking 4 other policemen to club him, when his Karate-kid servant (Tito?)dressed as a cop came to the rescue, handling his (policemen) offenders. I think the injured cops were finally evacuated by the protestors, and later all shared a smoke...
01:51 May 7, 2011 by padu
Guess the undercover cops must look Auslanders.
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