Police suspended after racially motivated attack
3 August 2007, Magdeburg, Germany (dpa) - Two policemen were suspended on Friday for their handling of an investigation into a racially motivated attack on a Vietnamese family in eastern Germany.
3 August 2007
Magdeburg, Germany (dpa) - Two policemen were suspended on Friday for their handling of an investigation into a racially motivated attack on a Vietnamese family in eastern Germany.
The four-member family was racially abused by three men who broke into their home in the town of Burg on Wednesday evening and assaulted the couple's 14-year-old son.
Police were called in but did not detain the men, who later returned to the flat and stole electronic equipment before wrecking the furnishings.
The three assailants, aged 18, 19 and 38, were apprehended after the second incident. The two younger men were remanded in custody Friday on charges of aggravated assault.
A spokesman for the interior ministry in Saxony-Anhalt, the state where Burg is located, said the two policemen were suspended because they misjudged the situation and did not detain the attackers immediately, although two of them had police records for violence.
In terms of population, Saxony Anhalt has the worst record of any German state for racially motivated attacks.
On the same evening as the attack against the Vietnamese, a 27-year-old Chinese man was kicked and beaten by two men who chased him off a train near the state capital of Magdeburg.
Subject: German news