Thugs’ ‘dream cop’ in court for not investigating 100 cases

For three years a police officer in western Germany simply ignored many of the cases he was supposed to investigate. His trial started on Tuesday in Bochum.

Thugs' ‘dream cop’ in court for not investigating 100 cases
Fans at a VfL Bochum match set off flares. Photo: DPA

The officer was every football hooligan’s dream copper, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) reports.

Over a period of three years he either totally failed to investigate, or investigated to an unsatisfactory degree, 96 cases, almost of which involved criminality at football matches.

The officer now faces a charge of obstruction of justice while in public office.

The reading of the charges took around an hour, as prosecutors went through each of the individual 96 charges on incidents between 2011 and 2013.

Some of the cases involve fans setting off firecrackers or smoke bombs in VfL Bochum’s stadium, others relate to attacks on opposition fans or police officers.

Prosecutors allege that many of the cases would not have been hard to solve as there was often photographic or video evidence as well as eyewitness testimony.

In one case involving the beating of an 8-year-old boy, the child’s mother had pushed the officer to interview her child, the Rheinische Post reports.

Even then, the officer said that there was little point, because there was no video evidence to back up the allegation.

Most of the cases will now never be solved, say prosecutors, either because evidence has gone missing, or because it is now too late to identify perpetrators.

The 44-year-old officer has been suspended from service and has yet to answer the charges against him.

The judges have called in psychologists to try and understand whether there is a psychological explanation for the man’s behaviour.

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German anti-Semitism official slams Pink Floyd’s Waters for ‘Nazi’ suit

Germany's official in charge of fighting anti-Semitism called Saturday for Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters to be held accountable after the singer donned a Nazi-style uniform at a Berlin concert.

German anti-Semitism official slams Pink Floyd's Waters for 'Nazi' suit

Previous legal proceedings had “gone in Waters’s favour, even though he spreads anti-Semitism and allegedly incites hatred”, Felix Klein told the Funke media group.

Berlin police said Friday they were probing Waters after images of the Pink Floyd co-founder circulated on social media, showing him wearing a long, black coat with red armbands on stage at the Mercedes-Benz arena last week.

Law enforcement was investigating the “suspicion of incitement to public hatred because the clothing worn on stage could be used to glorify or justify Nazi rule”, a police spokesman told AFP.

Klein called on authorities to be “vigilant” following the incident.

“Concert organisers should consider whether they want to offer conspiracy theorists a platform,” he said.

Waters is a well-known pro-Palestinian activist who has been accused of holding anti-Jewish views. He has floated an inflatable pig emblazoned with the Star of David at his concerts.

Waters has played in several German cities in recent weeks as part of his “This Is Not A Drill” tour.

But it has been hugely controversial with some city officials even trying, unsuccessfully, to ban him from performing.

The “Another Brick In The Wall” singer denies the anti-Semitism accusations, saying he was protesting against Israeli policies and not the Jewish people.

He posted a statement on Twitter on Friday evening saying that the elements of his performance that had been questioned were “quite clearly a statement in opposition to fascism, injustice, and bigotry in all its forms”.

At the same Berlin concert, Waters also flashed the names of several deceased people on a large screen, including that of Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp.

Also named was slain Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, prompting criticism that Waters was relativising the Holocaust.

Waters is due to play his final German concert in the western city of Frankfurt on Sunday evening, and protesters are planning to demonstrate outside the venue.

Frankfurt city authorities sought to stop the concert but a court ruled against them, citing artistic freedom.