In order to find other alleged perpetrators of the attack on police officers in Trier, investigators are currently evaluating numerous videos. When viewing the material, it is about "crystallizing crime contributions, making suspects visible and identifying them," said the police spokesman on Monday. According to the police, a group of up to 40 attackers attacked officials in front of a Trier disco on Friday night with glass bottles, wooden sticks and shovels. Five police officers - a woman and four men - were injured.
After the attack, several other suspects were identified, the spokesman said. He didn't want to say a number. "We don't want to make daily water level reports on the suspects." Two men were temporarily arrested on Friday. The group of attackers is said to have shown solidarity in front of the club against the police, who had been called to cause bodily harm.
Videos were evaluated that had been uploaded by witnesses via a reference portal. The spokesman said that recordings were also viewed that were circulating on the Internet. "It's meticulous work." The aim is initially to identify up to 40 people "this aggressive group". Then it must be determined who from the group "actually made a criminal contribution".
Politicians at state and federal level had sharply condemned the attack. After the attacks on the police officers, the police also scoured the Internet and found the first criminally relevant hate comments, said Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Minister Michael Ebling (SPD) on Monday in Mainz. It must be made clear that attacks on the police do not pay off.
The parliamentary group leader of the Free Voters, Joachim Streit, called on Monday "finally" for the police authorities to be equipped with bodycams across the board. It is "a sign of inadequacy for the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of the Interior that the investigators are dependent on private videos for criminal prosecution". The attack on Trier police officers is the subject of the interior committee of the Rhineland-Palatinate state parliament this Wednesday.