Supermarket in Troisdorf State security investigates after violence against police officers

Troisdorf/Bonn · After the attack on two police officers on Saturday in a Troisdorf supermarket, during which the officers were seriously injured, the State Security Service is now investigating. The police do not rule out political action by the suspects.

 Symbolic photograph

Symbolic photograph

Foto: Oliver Berg/Archiv

After the attack on two police officers on Saturday in a Troisdorf supermarket, in which the officers were seriously injured, the State Security Service is investigating. "In view of the overall circumstances, political action cannot be ruled out," said Frank Piontek, spokesman for the Bonn police, on Tuesday in response to an inquiry by the GA. He added that investigations were also underway into intentional serious bodily harm and physical assault on police officers.

As the General-Anzeiger reported on Tuesday, the officers were on duty in the entrance area of a discount store at 2.45 pm because a 35-year-old man from Bonn and a 38-year-old man from Troisdorf had got into a dispute with employees. The two men refused to wear the masks required by the Corona Protection Ordinance and to show their identity cards, provoked the officers and became violent. They attacked the police officers with fists.

Video shows shocking pictures

According to Piontek, the event was filmed by one of the attackers. "Everything indicates that it was not a mobile phone, but a camera, which he apparently attached to his chest." The attacker posted the video on the Internet. It shows shocking pictures and was viewed 17,700 times by Tuesday noon. Among other things, it shows how one of the officers cautions the men and the situation escalates afterwards.

One of the officers is still in hospital with severe facial injuries. According to Piontek, both policemen will be incapacitated for a long time. The officers did not wear protective masks, which is not a requirement. "They are free to do so," Piontek said. The two attackers had to be released after interrogation at the Troisdorf police station, as there were no grounds for arrest against them.

Currently, the police are checking the supermarket's surveillance camera and a video of a witness. "The internet video does not show the whole event", said Piontek. In the meantime, online charges against the policemen have been filed. "We are investigating this together with the Bonn public prosecutor's office," said Piontek.

Original text: Michael Lehnberg

Translation: Mareike Graepel

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