A minor traffic obstruction on Oberhausener Street in Mülheim on the river Ruhr last Saturday evening at around 7:30 p.m. caused a major police operation after several members of a Turkish family showed solidarity, harassed and attacked the police officers. This was preceded by a traffic obstruction caused by a vehicle parked in front of a courtyard entrance. Residents could not get past the vehicle and to their garages.
While a towing company was loading the car to move it on the road, suddenly two young men (22/16 years old) appeared and approached the officials with the words “Hey, what are you doing with the car? They stepped closer and closer to the police officers. They did not comply with the request to keep their distance. They did not comply with the order to stay away either, despite the threat to enforce it if necessary by use of force.
Instead, the young men attacked the police officers, provoked them and made threats. Other family members joined them, so the police officers called for reinforcements. A 43-year-old woman appeared, claiming to be the mother. She shouted at the officers several times and tried, sometimes violently, to reach her sons. The sons then attacked the officers almost simultaneously. The 16-year-old jumped into the back of an officer.He was then taken to the ground.There the man tried to kick the police officer and bite his arm. The 22-year-old tried to push the officer away. When he was grabbed he kicked the legs of the officer and tried to hurt him with targeted head butts. Both men had to be tied up. Meanwhile, the mother tried to stop them from being taken to the police station and to free the two sons.She was supported by a 46-year-old who attacked the officers and had to be brought to the ground and tied up. While the 16-year-old was allowed to leave the police station after the police measures were completed, the two older ones spent the night in custody. The three injured police officers remained on duty.