Date: Wed, 12 Aug 98 13:19:44 CDT
M. Knudsen <email@example.com>
Subject: RNN / Judge believes policemen
offended by a Roma woman
The 62 year-old accused couldn't stand it any longer. Half-way
through the judge's explanation for his verdict, the woman stormed
out of hall 619 of the Nuremberg district court and shouted at the
You're right of course. We Roma have all lied and the
policemen have spoken the truth. May God bless you.
What had enraged her so much was the upheld verdict against her: 90
days imprisonment and a fine of 30DM per day for resisting the state
in its attempt to prosecute her. When the judge spoke of how he simply
did not believe that the policemen had sworn at her, saying
forgot to gas you, you pack of gypsies, the woman cried out
that's exactly how they said it, as God is my witness. It
was a case of their word against hers: two local officers against the
defendant and her daughter.
The conflict was ignited when the accused's son was meant to be arrested—he was supposed to pay a 200DM fine for a driving misdemeanour. Police searched for him in his mother's flat, something which led to friction. It is claimed that the woman's left elbow was disconnected when a policeman restrained her. She filed a complaint against the officers, something which was thrown out and then she found herself at the receiving end of legal action.
In court she said
I called the policemen racists and bastards only
after they had said that I was a gypsy, that I was not fit to be
alive. My father was beaten up in Dachau, my five brothers and sisters
were murdered in Auschwitz. Her lawyer accused the law of
general tendency to always believe the police and will appeal the
decision at Bavaria's highest court.
My client was at first the victim, but now this old, frail woman
has been turned into the sole culprit. On this occasion, the police
totally disregarded the basic tenant of moderation in their
Public prosecutor Gerd Schäfer has also accused the Nuremberg police
of mistakes. When the squad searched the defendant's house, her
son had already phoned the police and paid his fine. During the trial,
one of the policemen voiced his doubts about the doctor's
diagnosis of a dislocated elbow, saying
it didn't stop her from
using both hands to make a phonecall.