No disciplinary consequences for Berlin police officers removed from G20 summit

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-05 23:37:30|Editor: yan
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BERLIN, July 5 (Xinhua) -- In a letter to staff, the German capital's police president Klaus Kandt said Tuesday that he had found no grounds for disciplinary consequences after 200 of his officers were removed from their deployment at the Hamburg G20 summit for alleged misconduct.

The officers in question were accused of hosting an excessive party, fuelled by alcohol and drugs, at the closed-off accommodation site where they were stationed. German press went as far as to describe acts of public fornication by police staff and the improper handling of firearms.

However, following an investigation, Kandt now stated that the only claims which stood up to scrutiny were excessive noise and urinating on the grounds. While such behaviour by police officers deserved criticism, it did not constitute grounds for disciplinary action.

Kandt said the events showed how fast the behavior of individuals could tarnish the reputation of the police. Nevertheless, he warned that premature and blanket judgements were of no use to anyone.