Elderly German Woman Died After Police Violence at Corona Demo

ER Editor: The following article below has been machine-translated.

For a lengthy but incomplete view of what happened to this poor woman, check out this video:


Senior woman died after police violence at Corona demo


With unimaginable brutality, the police took action against an old woman on April 22, 2021 at a demonstration critical of the Corona measures in Berlin. Now it has become known: the elderly woman died after the police operation.

Video recordings documented countless situations in which police officers used massive violence against citizens who exercised their basic rights in demonstrations critical of Corona policy. This also applies to a recording from April 22, 2021. You can see: An old lady being wrestled to the ground by police officers. A police officer grabbed her left arm with both hands and dragged the visibly shocked woman several meters across the ground by her outstretched arm. Several police officers then ruthlessly drag her to her feet. The two officers lead the elderly woman away in the police grip. They hold her so far from above that it is visibly painful for the woman. With a pained face, she calls out “Ouch” several times, complaining that she can’t go that fast. But the police drag the old woman mercilessly in goose-step. So fast that the old woman stumbles several times and is only held by the police officers when she is fixed on her [sic]. Here is the shocking video:

Through research by the lawyer Dr. Ingve Björn Stjerna from Düsseldorf has now become known: the old woman died after the police operation. The lawyer writes on his website: “On May 4, 2021, I filed a criminal complaint [German PDF] against the police officers involved in the process, in particular for bodily harm in office, and asked to be informed about the outcome of the investigation.” For months and despite two Status inquiries, he did not get this information. Fourteen months after the incident, he received notification that the investigation was closed. And lo and behold: the talk was no longer of investigations into bodily harm, but of involuntary manslaughter. This is only explained by the fact that the woman must have died shortly after the incident.

On his internet site  (ER: available in English as well as German), the lawyer further states: He is certain: “The elderly lady apparently died in connection with the police measures taken against her!” which could mean that it is not related to police action. However, the original allegation of physical harm in office would hardly have been extended to negligent homicide, and the death of the lady would not have been discussed in the statement from the Berlin public prosecutor’s office if there were no connection with police action.”

According to Stjerna, the documents from the prosecutor’s office show that there was an autopsy. There it says:

“As a result of the forensic autopsy, the experts commissioned from here, Prof. Dr. medical [redacted by the author] and wife [redacted by the author] state that the woman who died later died as a result of multiple organ failure with severe previous damage.”

A responsibility of the accused police officer could not be determined. The letter states:

“First of all, it remains to be stated that it could not be determined with the necessary certainty that the accused’s actions had a causal cause for this death at all.”

Stjerna explains that the prosecutor’s office only casually mentions that the elderly lady had a subdural hemorrhage when she died, i.e. bleeding between the dura mater and the brain. The public prosecutor’s office states succinctly:

“In particular, from a forensic medical point of view, no reliable statements could be made as to whether the subdural hemorrhage that occurred was at all a consequence of the police operation or whether it was at all connected to the onset of death.”

“The result of the public prosecutor’s examination is also noteworthy, which does not rule out the possibility that police action was responsible for the injuries and death of the elderly lady, but merely states that the death cannot be attributed ‘with the necessary certainty’ to the behavior of the accused police officer. “

The tremendous brutality with which the police acted against the elderly woman was disproportionate, according to the lawyer, who states: The way in which the Berlin public prosecutor’s office rejects this accusation sadly confirms the statement of the then UN special rapporteur for Torture, Nils Melzer, who said in his devastating verdict on the Corona protests: There is a “culture of tolerance for police violence” in Berlin, from the “culture of tolerance for police violence”. Stjerna:

“Equally poor is the statement by the Berlin public prosecutor’s office that ‘no milder and equally suitable means of establishing identity’ were available; the elderly lady first had to be grabbed, restrained and taken to the processing center, which was not possible without the use of direct force. These statements are obviously beside the point. Even if all of these allegations by the public prosecutor’s office were correct and direct coercion was required to establish the identity of the elderly lady, milder means are readily apparent that guarantee this, but – such as e.g. prescribed by § 11 ASOG Bln – would have protected their health. “




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