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Cyclist hit with €900 fine for 'lesbo cop' insult

The Local · 4 Oct 2012, 10:39

Published: 04 Oct 2012 10:39 GMT+02:00

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The 35-year-old man was stopped by a police officer in May with a cigarette in the left hand and cell phone in the right, while riding a bike. He immediately threw the cigarette on the ground, prompting the officer to issue him two fines, one for littering and one for using a cell phone on a bike, reported the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger.

The officer then proceeded to check the bike's frame number, a routine measure to ensure the bicycle has not been registered as stolen.

The man then flipped out and began insulting the officer, calling her a 'lesbo cop' who 'needed a slap.'

The man's attorney Sebastian Schölzel told the court his client was "humiliated" when the officer told him to pick up the filter-less cigarette he had thrown on the ground, calling the officer's behaviour a "power play."

The public prosecutor had sought a three-month jail term because the defendant had

22 previous convictions and his remarks were "grossly defamatory." However, the judge was lenient because the man had essentially confessed and apologized to the police officer.

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The €900 fine is equivalent to the man's monthly salary as a forklift operator before he became unemployed.

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13:54 October 4, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
In fairness, cigarette in one hand and phone in the other whilst on a bike. Darwin award possible here that needs protecting from himself and for the rest of us. But I hope this cop will show just as much tolerance to car drivers doing the same thing. I don't know how often I have nearly been hit by a car or van driver swing around a corner whilst on the phone and/or smoking.
14:20 October 4, 2012 by BobbyBaxter
Sounds like a meeting of minds to me.

I generally have little respect for the Police as they tend to go after what I would call 'soft targets'.

Either way this guy sounds like an idiot (even if he probably did speak the truth) and I suspect it wont be his last run in with the cops .....
14:30 October 4, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Whist they are at it, what about idiots on bikes, in the rain with umbrellas.............

However whist on the subject I was relieved and mildly disappointed on my way to work two days ago. Sat at some lights, White Van Man came steaming up behind me in a cloud of tyre smoke stopping with enough space between his bumper and mine for a cigarette paper to slide between. I was quite impressed, his phone conversation did not miss a beat. I on the other had in that split second relaxed in my seat and waited for the impact. At the same time thinking oh sh#t and this will pay of a bit of my mortgage.......................
14:49 October 4, 2012 by ChrisRea
I think that either the guy is a wealthy man in disguise with the hobby of testing the German legal system or, because of the unemployment, he is making a desperate attempt to enter the Guinness World Record book in order to collect some money. Nobody can be such a slow learner that 22 previous convictions are not enough to start respecting the laws.
14:52 October 4, 2012 by cobalisk
@Baxter... What is the comment: "(even if he probably did speak the truth)" supposed to mean? sounds like a baseless insinuation to me...

What I like about the police here is that the public does not expect to be beaten or shot at by the police. Its a nice feeling because a fine hurts a lot less than a truncheon.
15:10 October 4, 2012 by BobbyBaxter
@ cobalsik

The comment I made was in response to the headline. I.e the headline states that he was fined for 'lesbo cop' inslult. As far as I understand it is not a crime to be lesbian, gay, whatever, hence calling someone a Lesbo should not in itself be punishable - as this would indeed be an insult to Lesbians if it were a crime. However, the 'needed a good slap' comment proabably didn't help with this gutter dweller....
17:10 October 4, 2012 by marimay
I don't see the big deal here. Its a bike. You don't even need hands if you've been riding a while.
17:33 October 4, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
LOL marimay

I guess it depends on what he was using to steer the handlebars with. Maybe this is what gave rise to the 'lesbo cop' insult. LOL
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