Status: 11/22/2021 3:18 p.m.
Several Cologne police officers have been suspended from duty on suspicion of excessive violence. The public prosecutor’s office checks whether the police officers are responsible for the death of a man.
According to the public prosecutor’s office in the Cologne district of Bickendorf, the man, who comes from Italy, is said to have interfered in a mission because of a hit-and-run. The police are said to have used violence against the man. He was taken to a hospital for outpatient treatment.
In June, the 59-year-old died after a two-week hospital stay. The police are now investigating whether his death is related to what happened in April.
Public prosecutor’s office is reviewing further criminal investigations
According to the prosecutor’s office, chats were found in the officers involved, in which they are said to have agreed to take action against the accused during operations involving excessive violence.
According to Interior Minister Herbert Reul, the chats are shocking. There is suspicion that the officers provoked resistance during operations in order to be able to use force in a targeted manner. The content of the text messages is absolutely unacceptable. He does not tolerate such behavior, said Interior Minister Herbert Reul.
The Cologne public prosecutor’s office is working with the Bonn police on the investigation. According to the current status, the allegations are directed against colleagues in Cologne between the ages of 24 and 40 years. The officers concerned have been temporarily released from their duties.