German policeman tried for throwing stones at colleagues

7th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

The 24-year-old, who was off duty at the time, is accused of throwing at least three stones at police at around midnight in Berlin's left-leaning Kreuzberg district, hitting one on the hand and another on the helmet.

Berlin -- A German policeman went on trial on Tuesday accused of hurling cobblestones at his colleagues during anti-capitalist riots in traditional May Day rallies this year.

The 24-year-old, who was off duty at the time, is accused of throwing at least three stones at police at around midnight in Berlin's left-leaning Kreuzberg district, hitting one on the hand and another on the helmet.

The man, named only as Reik L. and who has been charged with breach of the peace and causing bodily harm, has been suspended from his job with federal police at Frankfurt airport.

A disciplinary investigation with the aim of dismissing him has been suspended pending the outcome of the trial, which is due to resume on November 3, a police spokeswoman said.

Several hundred people were arrested in the worst May Day violence in years in the German capital this year, with around 275 police injured as rampaging protesters hurled missiles and set fire to cars and bins.

AFP/Expatica

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