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Stuff like this makes me very, very angry.
At the 2009 “Freiheit statt Angst” march in Berlin, police brutally beat down an apparently innocent man; indeed even pulling him back to be beaten up when he quietly walked away from what didn’t even look like a confrontation.
What totally galls me is that Uwe Schünemann (CDU), interior minister of Lower Saxony, has called on the populace to exhibit “civil courage” — the willingness to stand up, speak out, and intervene when injustice is seen — in response to the appalling murder of a 50-year-old man in Munich. In the same week, police beat up protesters who try to intervene when one person is picked on; the cyclist is not the only one to end up with a bloody nose.
There is no excusing it. The Policemen who did this, irrespective of any provocation, totally overstepped their authority. They all need to be arrested, put on trial for assault with bodily harm, and then left to rot in jail for a while, after receiving a dishonourable discharge and a court order never to return to Berlin.
Society cannot tolerate violence in its midst; not from a gang of youths, and certainly not from those who are paid with our taxes to protect us.