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Attacks on police double in five years

The Local · 7 Mar 2012, 09:04

Published: 07 Mar 2012 09:04 GMT+01:00

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Information from a secret police report was published early on Wednesday in a Bild daily exclusive.

In 2011 there were 1,228 violent incidents in which 2,505 police officers were injured. These figures have risen by over 12 percent and 21 percent respectively since 2010.

Of these attacks, many of which involved the use of bricks, mace or knives, 540 police officers were severely injured and 23 were shot - none fatally, however.

The report identifies overcrowded public areas, such as train stations, airports, demonstrations, and football matches as particularly dangerous. In 2011 in particular, protests against the nuclear waste transports into Germany bumped the number of violent attacks up considerably.

Over half of attackers were found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. More than one in 10 was a woman, and a quarter were not German citizens, Bild reported.

Of the large German cities, Berlin was the most dangerous, where around 290 police officers were attacked on the job in 2011.

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In Hamburg 208 officers were injured, Munich was close behind with 205, while in Frankfurt 162 officers were attacked.

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Your comments about this article

09:53 March 7, 2012 by raandy
That is a sure sign police need more training in defense .

Most of the police i see here in Berlin would not last one night on the streets of LA or NY.
12:51 March 7, 2012 by twisted
While I might agree with Raandy, what is really needed are some punishments that have some teeth in them, not the typical slap-on-the-wrist justice that is handed out to law-breakers now. When a cop is attacked, the punishment should be twice that of attacking a normal citizen. While the offenders may not respect the police, they damn ought to be aware that f..king with them will end in jail time.
14:46 March 7, 2012 by danceswithgoats
Police in Germany and Europe in general have to tolerate too much violence. I am always amazed when I see "protesters" throwing Molotov Cocktails at close range. In the States that would get you shot. Molotov Cocktails and knives are lethal force and should be responded to lethaly. Anyone throwing a brick should be shot with a rubber bullet or a "bean bag" gun. Ridiculous.
18:13 March 7, 2012 by Grebo
In related news: the occurrence of police based douche-baggery has tripled in the last five years.
18:43 March 7, 2012 by Englishted
Thank you Grebo you have just increased my vocabulary .

I have never heard the particular Americanism before ,to be honest it will not be something I personally will use ,none the less thanks.
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