Cops in Frankfurt attacked with stones, iron bars while trying to enforce social distancing restrictions

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It’s been about a month since the Unites States began shutting down as a result of the Wuhan virus COVID-19 and implementing social distancing guidelines, and a cursory glance at social media will tell you that people are growing wearing of being forced to live with so many restrictions.

In Germany, that frustration has turned violent, as police in Frankfurt were attacked with stones and iron bars while trying to disperse a large gathering.

The incident began when an officer stepped out of a patrol vehicle to enforce social distancing measures, according to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. A person in the group threw a large stone at the car and broke a side window, a police spokesman told the German daily.

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As a police spokeswoman said, a second patrol of about 20 people was attacked shortly afterwards. The men were partly armed with stones, roof battens and iron bars and were moving towards the officials. The police initially retreated, but then chased when the group attempted to escape between the houses of the sometimes cramped settlement.

 

According to Deutsche Welle News, a police statement said, “Some of the men were armed with stones, roof tiles and iron bars and were threatening the officers. When the officers chased after the group, one person threw a five-kilogram metal plate, which missed its target.”

Police reportedly tracked some in the group to an apartment and six suspects were arrested when it was raided. The ages ranged from 23-31, and the detainees would be released after being identified, though police have initiated criminal proceedings for assaulting police officers, attempted dangerous bodily harm and other charges.

The area were the incident took place was reported to have a history of being “a social hotspot.”

German has 127,854 confirmed cases as of Monday morning at 7 a.m. EST, with 3,022 reported deaths, according to John Hopkins University.

Law enforcement finds itself caught in the middle during the coronavirus pandemic,  having to enforce civil restrictions as a result of executive orders being handed down at the local and state level.

There have been more several unfavorable reports in the U.S. of heavy-handed police actions, there have been no reports of violence against cops.

One of the most talked about incidents took place recently in Philadelphia, where a large group of officers literally dragged a man off a bus for not wearing a mask.

The fallout over the clip was so severe the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) discontinued enforcing a short-lived policy requiring riders to wear facial coverings.

Police in California issued citations to nearly two dozen residents violating the state’s stay-at-home order by going to the beach, and also closed golf courses in one county.

There was also the arrest of a man paddleboarding near the Malibu Pier in violation of beach closure orders in California. The effort law enforcement put into corral the man was not a stellar moment in police annals.

And there was more than one incident where worshipers were issued $500 tickets for attending drive-up church services.

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