Fight among mothers over baby buggies leaves three police officers injured

A fight among mothers over where to place their baby carriages on a bus escalated at the weekend, leaving several officers slightly injured.

Fight among mothers over baby buggies leaves three police officers injured
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Bremen police reported on Monday that four mothers on Saturday evening couldn’t agree on where to place their prams on board a bus.

One of the women called her 27-year-old husband, who hurried to her location along with this 26-year-old brother. Police were also alerted to the situation, and arrived at the bus at about the same time.

Officers were able to prevent the brothers from going after the women who were fighting with the one man’s wife, and police tried to de-escalate the situation.

But “the conflict escalated, and led to a big police operation,” police stated in their report.

The husband became “out of control” and attacked a policeman, while his brother punched a policewoman.

Both men continued to resist and insult the officers, calling them “sons of bitches”.

In the meantime, around 50 spectators had gathered to watch the fight, and a large number of officers were needed to make people leave the area.

By the end of the ruckus, three officers were injured in total, while the two brothers were temporarily detained. They face charges of assault, as well as resisting and verbally abusing police officers.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

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Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.